Report: Everton left fuming by pursuit of prize asset, rivals confident of striking deal
By Tom Blackburn
Everton have been angered by Chelsea’s pursuit of Romelu Lukaku but the Londoners of confident of striking a deal for the striker, according to a report.
The Belgian star has been pursued all summer by Chelsea and other European clubs and the Toffees are fighting to keep hold of him.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton have not yet received a bid for Lukaku and nor would they welcome any approach for him.
It is said that Goodison manager Ronald Koeman wants to build his attack around Lukaku and tie the player down to a contract extension.
But the report states that Chelsea remain confident of cutting a deal for the striker as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his forward line.
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On Thursday The Daily Mail claimed that the Londoners are hopeful an offer of £65million plus Loic Remy as a makeweight can secure a deal.
The stubborn stance to cave in is one that Everton adopted last summer with Chelsea, when they refused to allow John Stones to join the London giants.
The Londoners tabled four bids of up to £37million for Stones but the Toffees stood firm and kept the England defender in Merseyside.
Lukaku left Chelsea two years ago when he became the Merseysiders’ £28million club-record signing following an impressive season on loan at the club.
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.
In other Everton news, they are given an emphatic response in pursuit of a £12.7million Euro 2016 star.