By Wayne Veysey

5th Apr, 2017 | 3:23pm

Deal all but done - Sky journalist claims Everton close to sealing striker transfer

By Alex Stevens

Romelu Lukaku is closing in on a summer transfer to Chelsea, according to a well-connected transfer expert.

Sky Sports Italy journalist Massimo Marianella has claimed that Lukaku is on the verge of making what would be a mega-money switch from Everton to the Premier League leaders.

Marianella has insisted that the transfer is so advanced it is “almost a done deal” as he gave an update on Chelsea’s summer plans to reinforce the squad.

The correspondent is renowned in his native Italy for being well informed and was a reliable source of information when Stamford Bridge manager Antonio Conte was at Juventus.

“I think many big players will join Chelsea in the summer as Conte wants the Blues to become credible contenders for the Champions League win,” Marianella said, as quoted by Italian site Calcio Mercato.

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“I can say Lukaku’s Chelsea move is almost a done deal and reports in England claim Alexis Sanchez will also play for Chelsea next season. Many other players could also arrive [at Chelsea].”

The update sheds new light on the situation of Lukaku, who led the line for Everton in their 1-1 Premier League draw at Manchester United on Tuesday night.

The Belgium international delivered the bombshell news to club chiefs earlier this month that he would not be extending his current contract, which is due to expire in the summer of 2019.

Elite clubs in the Premier League and across Europe have been linked with big-money swoops for the Belgium international, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid most strongly credited with an interest.

Lukaku has been in prolific form for Everton this season, scoring 22 goals from 32 matches in all competitions, 21 of which have come in the Premier League.

However, he has been criticised for not scoring or having an impact against top-six teams and was embroiled in controversy on Tuesday night when he shushed teammate Ashley Williams during Everton’s draw at Old Trafford.

In other Everton transfer news, the club are close to reaching an agreement to sign a brilliant striker.

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