Chelsea are hopeful of re-signing Romelu Lukaku from Everton this summer for a fee of around £60 million, as Antonio Conte looks to strengthen his attack ahead of his debut season in the Premier League.
The 23-year-old joined the Toffees in 2014, after failing to secure himself regular first team football at Stamford Bridge, but since joining Everton he has excelled and is now understood to be keen to return to London.
And the club are equally as hopeful about his return, with the club ready to spend £32 million more than they sold Lukaku to Everton for, in hope that the Belgium international's quality in front of goal will fire the club back into the Champions League, as reported by the Daily Mail.
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The Blues will not compete in Europe this season, after their horror show season last campaign, and although Lukaku wants a move to a Champions League club, he and the club fully expect to make a return to the competition by, at least, finishing in the top four this campaign.
Lukaku made 46 appearances for Everton last campaign, scoring 25 goals, in what was a disappointing campaign for the Merseysiders, but his personal success has made the Chelsea hierarchy realise he can be a valuable asset to the club.
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Everton want £75 million for the striker, although the Blues are confident they can reach an agreement with the club for a fee of around £60 million, which could partly be funded by the sale of Diego Costa - if he leaves the Blues in a £40 million back to his previous club, Atletico Madrid, as is being reported.
Ready to exit
The Belgian has made no secret of his desire to leave Everton this summer, and the club could be willing to sell, knowing that heavy financial investment, with new billionaire shareholder Farhad Moshiri at the club, could allow them to replace Lukaku with another big-name, top-class striker.
Conte could become desperate if Costa does leave for Atletico, meaning Everton could hold out for the £75 million that they value Lukaku at. And the fact that Chelsea have already missed out on targets such as Gonzalo Higuain, Edinson Cavani and Carlos Tevez, could put them in a difficult situation.
Higuain became the third most expensive player in world football after his £75 million move from Napoli to Juventus, while a deal for Cavani seems dead and buried. And Tevez's proposed move to Stamford Bridge failed after the former Argentina and Manchester City striker committed the rest of his career to boyhood club Boca Juniors.
Chelsea were also tipped to go in with a £67 million bid for Alvaro Morata, however, Zinedine Zidane says the Spain international is firmly apart of his plans at the Santiago Bernabeu, and will not immediately sell the striker who they re-signed from Juventus, as reported.
Therefore, with both Chelsea and Lukaku hoping to be reunited this summer, it now remains to be seen how much Everton will demand before allowing the Belgian to return to Stamford Bridge for another shot at becoming a regular feature for the Blues.
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