For the briefest, most fleeting of moments, it looked as though Romelu Lukaku might have a future at Chelsea.
But then the reality of having a potential-loaded youngster leading their line set in and the Blues went out and re-signed Didier Drogba instead.
The belligerent Belgian’s days in west London look numbered, with Everton his likely destination.
However, widespread sources have reported there is competition for his signature coming from the seemingly puny to the galaxy-crushing almighty.
Here’s a run down of the interested parties:
Everton – Likely lads – 3/5 to be Lukaku’s club on 02/09/14
The Toffees revelled with the 21-year-old spearheading their attack last term.
He hit 15 goals and assisted six more in 29 top-tier starts on Merseyside and the Champions League-chasing outfit – they’re ranked at 13/2 to achieve the feat – are keen to splash £20m to sign him permanently.
Usually a man who never lets his cards stray too far from his chest, Roberto Martinez expressed his confidence of landing Lukaku, stating while on tour in Thailand: ‘Of course we’ll get him.’
It looks rosy from the outside looking in, but Toffees beware, there’s a wolf lurking.
Wolfsburg – In with a shout – 4/1 to be Lukaku’s club on 02/09/14
The Bundesliga hoarder of shiny objects, generally of interest to Premier League clubs, want to add Lukaku to their arsenal of World Cup superstars.
Having paid big bucks to bring countryman Kevin De Bruyne to the Volkswagon Arena from Chelsea, the Germans have the capital to fund such a move and the Blues would much prefer to ship him out abroad as opposed to furnishing a league rival.
Real Madrid – No chance – 9/1 to be Lukaku’s club on 02/09/14
It’s not that Los Merengues couldn’t attract or afford such a player – they definitely could, make no mistake about it – it just doesn’t seem plausible that the Champions League holders would be looking at Lukaku given the reams of attacking talent they currently stock.
A wedge of cash in wages as well as a sizeable transfer fee doesn’t seem like a necessary move for Los Blancos to make.