Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku wants to sign for Everton this summer following his successful loan spell at Goodison Park last season, at least this is according to the club’s head of recruitment Ian Atkins.
Excellent for Everton
Lukaku scored 15 goals and provided six assists in 31 Premier League appearances during his stint as an Everton player, with the club in contention to reach the coveted top four positions for much of the campaign.
Despite the 21-year-old’s exploits and Chelsea’s need for reinforcements in their goalscoring department, Lukaku has been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Jose Mourinho and is expected to be moved on before his Stamford Bridge career even really began.
Lukaku has been linked with a number of the elite clubs in European football, Real Madrid and Juventus among them, but Everton are seemingly optimistic they will be able to conclude a deal for the Belgian before the transfer deadline.
Goodison Park return?
“Romelu had a terrific season for Everton last year and I know everyone at the football club wants to see him back,” Atkins told talkSPORT.
“Hopefully things can be sorted out, I think he’s quite settled in his mind that he wants to come to Everton, and hopefully he’ll be pulling on our blue shirt again next term.
“Our loan signings all did brilliant for us last season. Gareth Barry has signed permanently now which is fantastic, and hopefully Lukaku will as well.
“I know the manager would like back him at Everton and I’m sure if he comes he’ll be a great asset and can help us get to that next level of European football.”
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Chelsea career over
Lukaku was signed by Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 then aged only 17, but has made just 15 competitive appearances for the club during the three years since.
Originally touted as a long-term successor to Didier Drogba, Lukaku spent 2012-13 on loan with West Brom - where he performed to distinction - before joining Everton for the following campaign.
However, it would appear a clash of personalities between him and Mourinho has been the death knell for his Chelsea career, although it could take a bid of £31 million for a deal to be sanctioned.