By Harvey Byrne

A Chinese consortium who are close to  agreeing a deal for AC Milan are targeting Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, according to a report.

Italian website Corriere Dello Sport claim that the new consortium plan to give the San Siro giants £100million to compete for the top stars in foootball.

The first star the club will target is said to be Everton’s star man Lukaku, who has been heavily linked with a departure from Goodison Park this summer after scoring 25 goals in all competitions in the recently completed season.

The 23-year-old striker has already scored 119 goals in 278 games since his emergence with Anderlecht in the Belgium First Division in 2009 and has bagged 20 goals in two of his first three seasons at Goodison Park.

However, it is believed that Lukaku and his agent Mino Raiola are keen to engineer a transfer from Everton to make the step up to a club challenging in Europe.

Seven-time European cup winners Milan will be without European football for a fourth consecutive season next year as they only managed a seventh-placed finish in Serie A in the 2015-16 season.

Although the money and potential the new consortium hope to bring in could attract the Belgian striker as the Chinese businessmen plan to pump major funds into the club to try and help rebuild them into the powerhouses that they once were.

In other Everton news, AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang wants to join the Toffees ahead of West Ham.