Everton wantaway star weighs up transfer request to force through deal before 15 August - report
By Alex Taylor
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is considering handing in an official transfer request to push through a return to Chelsea this summer, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim that the Toffees’ most expensive ever signing is now willing to abandon Goodison Park in search of Champions League football with his former employers.
It is said that Lukaku is convinced he has a greater chance of making an impact at Chelsea the second time round with Diego Costa still keen to join Atletico Madrid.
Reports from the Daily Mail suggest Chelsea have already bid a staggering £68million but Everton are holding out for £75million for the Belgium international.
The Standard report says that with less than a fortnight to go before the start of the season, Everton are refusing to budge on their demands.
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However, Lukaku has set his sights on a return to west London and is weighing up the possibility of handing in a formal transfer request to force the switch through.
It is said that Chelsea want the deal done before the opening League game against West Ham on 15 August.
Lukaku left Chelsea for Everton two years ago when he became the Merseysiders’ £28million club-record signing following an impressive season on loan at the club.
It would be remarkable if the 23-year-old were to return this summer for a sum that would demolish the British transfer record.
Lukaku has scored an impressive 61 goals in 127 appearances for Everton, including 25 in 46 matches last season in a team that finished 11th in the Premier League.
Everton are increasingly resigned to losing their prize asset, who is almost certain to have communicated his intention to quit to club chiefs.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are set to make two major signings by Wednesday night after a double breakthrough.