8 stars that Premier League giants regretted selling as Lukaku returns

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The Premier League is world-renowned for housing some the biggest footballing stars and creating some of the brightest young talent.

However, with so many success stories, there are always some players that slip through the net, and the clubs are left to pay for letting them go and missing out on a future star.

Sometimes it's misjudgement, sometimes it's ego and sometimes it's because there are too many big players already ahead of them at the club, but it all results in regret and in some cases, a hefty fee to bring them back.

Here Daily Star Sport takes a look at some of the biggest names that Premier League sides regretted selling…

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku has just secured a sensational £97.5million return to Stamford Bridge after arriving from Inter Milan, but Chelsea sold the Belgian for just £28million back in 2014.

Lukaku joined Chelsea back in 2011 from Anderlecht but endured a disappointing season in London, and was loaned to West Brom and then Everton for the two season's that followed.

Despite scoring a combined 32 Premier League goals while on loan, Chelsea still didn't see the Belgian's potential, and sold him to Everton in 2014.

Lukaku then went on to score a further 81 Premier League goals for Everton and Manchester United, before joining Inter and helping them to their first league title in a decade.

Chelsea have had to process almost a £70million loss on Lukaku by re-signing the Belgian.

Mohamed Salah

Another Chelsea mishap comes following the sale of Mohamed Salah, who's exit from Stamford Bridge was extremely similar to Lukaku's.

Salah was signed for £11million in 2014 from FC Basel but suffered an inconsistent first campaign in London, and was subsequently loaned out to the Serie A for two consecutive seasons.

The Egyptian first joined Fiorentina before moving to AS Roma, where he eventually moved on a permanent basis after Chelsea let him go for €15million (£12.75million).

After a breakthrough season with Roma, Liverpool broke their transfer record to bring Salah back to the Premier League for an initial £36.5million, and the Egyptian went on to win the Premier League and Champions League with the Reds, picking up two golden boots along the way.

Jadon Sancho

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Jadon Sancho joined Manchester City when he was a 14-year-old and quickly impressed in their academy, being tipped to be fast-tracked into their first team.

However, as Sancho turned 17, there were disputes over his contract as the Englishman wanted more assurances over playing time and as these weren't met, he secured a move to Borussia Dortmund for £8million.

The fee was staggering for a 17-year-old who was yet to feature for the first team, but it soon made sense as Sancho went on to make 146 appearances for Dortmund in all competitions, scoring 54 goals and registering 67 assists.

Sancho has now completed a £73million move back to Manchester, but joins rivals United as he looks to show his neighbours exactly what they missed out on.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba joined Manchester United's academy in 2009 under Sir Alex Ferguson but left the club for nothing in 2012 after he refused to sign a new contract.

Juventus secured his services and the French midfielder became a star, winning the Serie A title in each of his four seasons in Turin.

United broke the Premier League transfer record when re-signing Pogba for £89million back in 2016, and that amount has only just been surpassed this summer as Jack Grealish joined Manchester City for £100million.

This entry is perhaps the worst piece of business of them all, as Pogba has failed to emulate his Juventus impact, and could potentially leave the club for free once more as his contract enters the final year.

Kevin De Bruyne

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Kevin De Bruyne joined Chelsea from Genk on deadline day in January 2012, but was loaned out the next summer to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.

Following a successful loan spell in Germany, De Bruyne was linked with a move away, but incoming Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted the Belgian was part of his plans.

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However, Mourinho then went back on this, and sold De Bruyne to Wolfsburg for £18million, and the midfielder began to shine as he spent three seasons in Germany before Manchester City signed him for £55million.

De Bruyne has become one of the best midfielders in world football, and has won three Premier League titles, five League Cups and an FA Cup with City since returning to England in 2015.

Serge Gnabry

The talent of Serge Gnabry was seemingly missed by everyone other than Bayern Munich, after the German was snubbed in the Premier League before becoming a star.

Gnabry was signed by Arsenal for just £100,000 from Stuttgart in 2010, but failed to land a consistent starting role under Arsene Wenger after being promoted to the first team, and was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis famously said that Gnabry was "not at the required level" during his loan spell and the German was eventually sold to Werder Bremen for £8million before joining Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich a year later.

Gnabry has since gone on to win three Bundesliga titles and a Champions League, scoring four times in one game against Tottenham during their European winning season.

Jerome Boateng

Jerome Boateng was signed by Manchester City for £10.4million from Hamburg in 2010, and made 24 appearances for City during his first season.

The German international expressed his desire to leave the club after just one year, as City primarily played him out of position at right-back, and Bayern Munich swooped in to sign Boateng for €13.5million (£11.5million).

Boateng has spent the last decade in Bavaria, winning a staggering nine Bundesliga titles, two Champions League trophies and winning the World Cup in 2014 with Germany.

City replaced Boateng with Stefan Savic the following season who was released on a free a year later, and the defender has been a key part of Diego Simeone's defence at Atletico Madrid since joining in 2015.

Gerard Pique

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Gerard Pique joined Manchester United for free from the FC Barcelona academy, but failed to break into the first team during his four-year stay at Old Trafford.

United sold Pique back to Barcelona for just €5million (£4.25million) in 2008, and the Spanish defender has been with the Catalan club ever since, making 342 La Liga appearances.

Pique has gone on to win eight La Liga titles and three Champions League with Barcelona, also adding a European Championship and World Cup crown with Spain.

Pique will be playing at Barcelona for the first time without Lionel Messi this season, as the club continues to suffer financially.

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