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Everton star Romelu Lukaku is keen to return to Chelsea

Manchester United also wanted the Everton striker but are aware of his decision and are now set to pursue Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata instead.




Lukaku gave a series of interviews while on international duty with Belgium this week, insisting his time at Goodison Park is up.

And Chelsea are now poised to test Everton’s resolve with an opening bid well below their world record £100m asking price.

They feel it is now a one-horse-race to sign the 24-year-old, who rejected a new £140,000-a-week contract with the Toffees three months ago.

And Lukaku expects the move to happen quickly with Everton keen to move on to the tough job of replacing their 25-goal top scorer.

He said: “My agent knows what is going to happen and I know as well. I’m staying calm and we have an agreement with the club as well.

We stay calm and at least we have a direction where we want to go. I want to take everything to another level and be better than I was last year.”

Asked whether a return to Chelsea was an option, he winked, laughed and replied: “No comment. We will see.”

When pressed that his agent Mino Raiola likes to deal with United, Lukaku said: “I’m the player, I will take the decisions.”

And asked whether he was staying at Everton, he added: “That’s not really an option, I think.”

Ronald Koeman’s side are prepared to dig their heels in over the fee in the hope that the likes of Bayern Munich or Paris St-Germain come in for Lukaku.

But a bidding war now looks highly unlikely because the former Chelsea striker has set his heart on a return to Stamford Bridge.


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