In an effort to bolster their attacking ranks ahead of next season, FA Cup semi-finalists Chelsea are thought to have amped up their efforts to re-sign former centre-forward Romelu Lukaku, who currently plays for Merseyside giants Everton.
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The 23-year-old Lukaku has been in lethal scoring form for the Toffees this season, scoring 20 goals 29 in matches across all competitions. He is currently the Premier League’s second top scorer, with 19 goals in the league to his name.
With such brilliant performances, Everton are hoping to keep Lukaku rooted at Goodison Park beyond his current contract, which ends in 2019. However, it appears the Belgian international has no plans of renewing his deal with the Toffees – fantastic news for suitors Chelsea.
Chelsea sold the powerful striker to Everton for £31-million back in the summer of 2014, but the London giants are now keen to get the striker back to Stamford Bridge. Indeed, according to the Daily Mirror, the current Premier League leaders are now in pole position to sign Lukaku in the summer, despite Everton slapping a £75-million price tag on the prolific goal-poacher.
Chelsea believe that with two years left on the young striker’s contract, Everton will eventually be forced to sell the Belgian for lower than the monster price they are asking – and the London-based side believe that will be enough to snap up the striker come the summer.
There is competition for Lukaku’s signature, however, as rivals Manchester United as well as European heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, and Juventus are all thought to be keeping tabs on the former Anderlecht target man.
Regardless, Chelsea believe they are the favourites to sign Lukaku, as the 23-year-old still, in the eyes of the narrative driven press, has “unfinished business” at Stamford Bridge.
Whether that assumption is true, of course, is still uncertain.