Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is hoping for a shock return to Chelsea this summer, as he tries to force his way out of Goodison Park.
According to The Sun, the 23-year-old has previously made it clear that he wants to join a Champions League outfit, after proving his worth with the Toffees in the past two seasons, since joining the club from the Blues for £28 million.
And although Chelsea will not compete in Europe at all this season, after an abysmal campaign that saw the west London club finish 10th in the Premier League, the Belgium international is keen for a second spell at Stamford Bridge.
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Reportedly, Lukaku told friends that he had unfinished business at Chelsea after failing to make himself a regular in the Blues's starting XI. But he now believes he can force his way into new boss Antonio Conte's plans.
Lukaku was one of few Everton players whose performances stood out last season, as the Toffees finished 11th in a campaign which culminated in Roberto Martinez being sacked as manager.
Resigned to departure
New Toffees boss Ronaldo Koeman has reportedly resigned himself to losing the striker, who Everton claim is worth £75 million. But Chelsea are yet to make an official approach for Lukaku, and it remains to be seen if the club are willing to pay big money for the Belgian.
However, news that Atletico Madrid are still interested in Diego Costa works in Lukaku's favour, with the 23-year-old then, potentially, able to fill the void left by the Spain striker.
It is understood that Costa is keen on a return to Atleti, who he left for Chelsea in 2014, although, he won't force a move from Stamford Bridge, and is seemingly happy to work under new boss, Conte.
Lukaku made 46 appearances for Everton last campaign, scoring 25 times, and Everton are now evaluating their options in the current transfer market, with the club almost sure that their striker will not be with them come the end of the transfer window.
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