Date published: Wednesday 7th June 2017 8:50
Romelu Lukaku is set to turn down a move to Manchester United in favour of a return to Chelsea, according to a report.
The Independent states that United made an enquiry for Lukaku last week and although they ‘were not given a firm no’, they were advised that a deal with Chelsea is ‘very close’.
The report also claims that Lukaku’s current £80k-a-week wages would be doubled with a move back to Stamford Bridge.
Everton are said to be in an ‘exceptionally strong negotiating position’ since their recent takeover, but Chelsea will reportedly attempt to bring the asking price down from £100m to £80m.
The Toffees’ interest in Sergio Romero and Chris Smalling means they would ‘prefer’ to deal with Manchester United, but the West London club are in pole.
Lukaku teased journalists yesterday by admitting that he knows what will happen with his future.
“The most important thing is I want to win trophies. We are now talking to THE club. As for the rest, I’m looking ahead,” he revealed after Belgium’s 2-1 win over Czech Republic.
“What I would like most is to play in the Champions League and try to win the Premier League once. Or better, a few times. That would be the most beautiful thing.
“That’s important for my progress as a player. I don’t want to stay at the same level. I want to improve and I know where I want to do that.
“My agent knows what’s going to happen.”