Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is set to turn down José Mourinho and Manchester United in favour of a return to Stamford Bridge in an attempt to emulate the success of his hero, Didier Drogba.
It has been reported that Lukaku already has terms agreed with a club and although Lukaku hasn’t named the team he’ll be joining, the Independent has reported that Lukaku will move back to Stamford Bridge after Manchester United were rebuffed in their enquiry of the 24-year-old striker.
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The Belgium international first joined Chelsea in 2011 after completing a £12m move from RSC Anderlecht. The striker was the loaned out to West Brom and Everton over the next three years before joining the Toffees on a permanent basis in 2014 for £30m.
Chelsea will now be forced to pay almost three times that amount if they want to bring Lukaku back to London. Antonio Conte is keen to bring in a striker as Chelsea look set to lose Diego Costa this summer.
It is believed that Everton would prefer to do business with Manchester United in regards to the sale of Lukaku, with Ronald Koeman identifying Sergio Romero and Chris Smalling as potential transfer targets during the summer window. Everton would most likely like to include at least one of these players in any potential sale of their star man.
Lukaku is a Chelsea fan at heart, and when the striker was asked about the relationship between Manchester United and his agent, Mino Raiola, Lukaku responded by saying: “I’m the player, I will take the decisions.”