Chelsea plot second striker bid

Chelsea have seen a £57million bid for Romelu Lukaku rejected by Everton but the Goodison club could be convinced to sell.

Chelsea: Chelsea plot second striker bidChelsea: Chelsea plot second striker bid

Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to play Champions League football and, although Chelsea cannot offer the chance to compete in Europe’s top competition in the coming campaign, it is understood he is open to a return to Stanford Bridge as the Blues prepare to challenge for at least a top-four finish next term.

The Belgium international left Chelsea for Everton in a £28million deal in 2014 but his stock has risen significantly and the Merseysiders have rejected a £57m bid from West London, according to reports on Saturday.

However, Everton accept that Lukaku is keen to depart and are open to a sale – but they will demand a staggering £75m for his signature this summer.

Chelsea are believed to be in negotiations with Everton over a deal in the hope a compromise can be reached.

If Lukaku does move to Chelsea it is likely that he will play alongside Diego Costa rather than replace the Spain international.

Costa had been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid but Chelsea are confident he will stay and Los Rojiblancos have now signed Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla, and as such are not expected to sign another striker this summer.

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