Chelsea could swap Lukaku for Barkley or Stones

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Chelsea will consider selling Romelu Lukaku to Everton in order to sign Ross Barkley or John Stones this summer, it has emerged.

The London Evening Standard report that Chelsea are looking to cash in on Lukaku, who is currently valued at around the £20m-mark, and may attempt to use him as part of a swap deal to bring either midfielder Barkley or defender Stones to Stamford Bridge.

Both players have impressed in their breakthrough seasons at Goodison Park. Barkley, 20, has made 34 Premier League appearances for the Toffees and is almost certain to be selected in Roy Hodgson's 23-man England squad, which is announced on Monday.

Stones, meanwhile, is a surprise contender to make the soon-to-be-announced England squad - the 19-year-old centre-back is currently uncapped - after a superb second half of the season with Everton, in which he has made 21 impressive appearances.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is a huge admirer of both Barkley and Stones, but he is also a big fan of Lukaku, who has scored 14 Premier League goals in 30 appearances this season. The Spaniard knows how difficult it will be to sign another reliable goalscorer - and, at the age of 20, Lukaku is considered one of the best young strikers in Europe with the potential to develop into a genuine world star.

The opportunity to sign the in-demand striker, who is also on the radar of Arsenal and Tottenham, may be too good to turn down - leaving Chelsea with first dibs on either of Everton's two best young players.

Chelsea fans: should Mourinho sell Lukaku in order to sign Barkley or Stones? Have your say in the comments section below.

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