To see the Everton striker undergoing a medical with Manchester United in the US while the UK slept overnight on Thursday brings Chelsea's problems into painfully sharp focus.
Chelsea are furious at losing the player they have chased all summer, and are now left scrambling for other options.
That refusal to throw in the towel could see them break their transfer record for a second time this summer, having already splashed the cash on Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette, and the Mirror says they "are ready to go big again this week".
For Lukaku read John Stones.
The football world is awash with gossip. The Senegalese defender played only one minute - the 90th - of a league cup tie at Walsall before being ditched at the end of the season.
The Spanish and European champions, however, are still hoping to be recompensed with 90 million euros for the services of the young man that only returned to the Spanish capital a year ago after impressing at Juventus. But now it appears that the 22-year-old may be on his way to Manchester rather than London.
The 21-year-old wants assurances from Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare regarding his first team chances and will then decide on his future.
I'd pay money to be a fly on the wall there.
"It's an unpleasant and complicated situation but I have a clear conscience".
Senegal international N'Diaye has scored 16 goals in the last two seasons and is thought to be eager to make a move to the Premier League, the Mirror adds.
Instead it's going to be all about trying to put a brave face on things and Conte having to get quite tough with his bosses that they need to start getting players on board.