Ironically, Conte was interested in the 22-year-old then too, shortly before he resigned as Juventus manager.
The Italians eventually signed Alvaro Morata instead, but Conte has remained a big fan of Lukaku ever since.
Now, he wants a deal done quickly to avoid a potential bidding war should Lukaku impress at the Euros.
Signing him will not be simple. Lukaku wants Champions League football, which Chelsea can’t offer him next season.
And billionaire investor Farhad Moshiri gives Everton the financial muscle to resist any attempt to sign their 25-goal top scorer, who has three years left on his contract.