Everton look likely to demand a princely £75m for in-demand striker Romelu Lukaku, in an attempt to ward off interest from interested clubs.
The Blues are thought to still be keeping Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata at the top of their list of desirable forwards, but Lukaku is said to be considered a more-than acceptable backup option by new boss Antonio Conte.
The Mail report that the Toffees are getting ready to pump their previous valuation of £65m up by a further £10m in order to keep the Blues at bay, having also offered the Belgium international a new contract at Goodison Park.
Both clubs are also facing off in another transfer battle, as they fight over Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly as they look to beef up their respective leaky defences.
A move for Lukaku may shuffle up the club’s list of priorities in the coming weeks, with Real’s constant rejection of approaches for Morata suggesting that they may actually be – contrary to previous reports – intending to make him a key part of their squad for the upcoming season.
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The player’s comments to the club’s website this week have served to add to that suspicion, the Spaniard saying: “It is incredible to be here again. It is a dream come true and I can’t wait to get started. I can’t wait for tomorrow to arrive so we can get to work.
“Zidane works hard and does a lot of physical work. I have had two great years at Juventus, I learned a lot and I can only be thankful because without this experience I would not be here.”
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