Everton boost as Chelsea turn to £25m international striker after Lukaku news – report
By Will Butcher
Chelsea have turned their attention to Juventus hot-shot Mario Mandzukic after it was confirmed that Romelu Lukaku has pledged his commitment to Everton, according to a report.
The Toffees’ attacking spearhead Romelu Lukaku has been on Chelsea’s radar for the majority of the summer, with rumours suggesting that a return to Stamford Bridge could be on the cards.
According to the report, the former Juventus manager could be about to make an offer of £25million for Mandzukic after the 30-year-old is likely to play back-up to prolific duo Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.
Mandzukic is under contract with Juventus until 2019 and only joined the club last summer in a £16million deal.
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The Croatian international arrived from Spain after a disappointing spell at Atletico Madrid, but managed 13 goals in 36 appearances for the Serie A champions last season.
Mandzukic has scored 157 goals in 349 club appearances in a career that has seen him play for Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg, as well as in Spain and Italy.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees have had a £22m bid rejected for this striker.