Romelu Lukaku’s return to Chelsea has been delayed this summer because of the club’s marketing plans, according to reports. Lukaku, the Belgian striker who finished last season as the Premier League’s second highest scorer, is expected to resign for Chelsea from Everton. The 23-year-old told his agent Mino Raiola that he wanted to return to Chelsea earlier in June, according to The Times, but the move has been delayed. Chelsea wants to stall on confirming the deal, believed to be worth around £70 million, until it releases the 2017-18 shirt produced by new sponsor Nike, according to the Daily Express. Lukaku joined Chelsea in 2011 at the age of 18 but was sent on loan to West Bromwich Albion
FIFA has released the previously confidential Garcia report into alleged corruption surrounding the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process. Previously the report, compiled in 2104 by American lawyer Michael Garcia, was said to be private and would never be released by FIFA. Garcia, hired as an independent ethics investigator, quit when FIFA instead released a 42-page version of his report which acted as a summary of his findings, as he clashed with FIFA’s now former chairmen of the ethics committee, Cornel Borbely and Hans-Joachim Eckert.
“Premier League Pass” will be launched on NBC Sports Gold for the 2017-18 season. Exclusive access to 130 Premier League games will now be available via NBC Sports Gold to stream live and on-demand via desktop, mobile, tablets and connected TV devices. NBC Sports Group will still present the same TV offering with up to 250 Premier League matches featured in the 2017-18 season on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC as well as live online at NBCSports.com.