Revealed: Chelsea to leap-frog Man United for Lukaku this summer
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Revealed: Chelsea to leap-frog Man United for Lukaku this summer

Chelsea dream reunion with Lukaku

Lukaku looks to have decided to leave Everton this summer, having expressed his desire publicly to play Champions League football next season.

A host of elite European clubs are believed to be monitoring the striker’s current situation, but Manchester United or Chelsea remains the most likely destination for the Everton star.

However, the Toffees have set a staggering £65m fee for their prized asset, who has 25 goals across all competitions this season.

But according to the latest report from the Daily Mail, the Blues may be able to bring back the 22-year-old to Stamford Bridge for a reduced price.

Over the past few months, Manchester United also emerged as the firm favourite to sign the Belgian forward. Everton even fear Lukaku will make a move to Manchester United this summer – even if Louis Van Gaal doesn’t get them into the Champions League next season.

The report claims that an original £28m deal which saw Lukaku join Everton permanently in 2014 includes a number of financial clauses.

It has several performance-related bonuses along with a clause which will come into effect if Everton win the FA Cup this season.

The news certainly comes as a boost for Antonio Conte, who is very much interested in making the Belgium international one of his first signings in west London.

Interestingly, Conte was keen to sign the 22-year-old earlier also, shortly before he resigned as Juventus manager.

But the Italian giants eventually decided to sign Alvaro Morata rather, but Conte still remains a big fan of Lukaku.

Now, the Italian is desperate to make the deal done as soon as possible to bypass a potential bidding war with Manchester United if Lukaku impress at the upcoming Euros.

But with Chelsea’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League all but over, it casts a big doubt whether Lukaku would be open to a move back to Chelsea who sold him once.

Mourinho, expected to be appointed as United boss this summer, was heavily criticised by everyone for giving green signal to Lukaku to leave Chelsea for a permanent deal in 2014 having previously loaned him out twice.

Billionaire investor Farhad Moshiri also hands Everton the financial muscle to sustain any attempt to snatch their 25-goal top scorer, who still has three years left on his contract.

Lukaku’s agent has also been talking about interests from the likes of PSG and Juventus. But Chelsea are confident a deal can be done despite so much competition

The Everton striker has been enjoying an explosive form throughout this season, netting 25 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions for Roberto Martinez’s struggling squad, including both in the 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over his former team Chelsea.

Few days ago Mirror reported, despite Everton’s reluctance to sell Lukaku, they do have a price in mind secretly. The Toffees believed to have slapped a sensational £65m price-tag on the striker.

Only Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Luis Suarez have been sold for more. Romelu Lukaku might become the fifth most expensive signing in football history.

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