Telegraph: Everton in fall-out with PL giants, will affect mega-million summer transfer
By Danny Wright
Everton are unwilling to strike up business with Chelsea again after the transfer war that centred on John Stones last summer, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the relationship between the two clubs was severely dented and means that the Toffees would rather prize asset Romelu Lukaku join Manchester United than opt for a move to Stamford Bridge in the forthcoming transfer window.
Stones eventually opted for a move to Manchester City but Everton are still sour about the way the London club tried to sign him.
The England international was the subject of numerous of bids from the capital which forced him to hand in a transfer request.
Chelsea have constantly been connected with bringing Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge but the Premier League giants’ multi-million transfer for him could now be at risk.
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Everton have recently bumped Lukaku’s asking price up to £100million as they still want him to stay at Goodison Park despite telling the club he doesn’t want to sign a new contract.
The 23-year-old could still force a move to Chelsea, his preferred destination, if he submits a transfer request.
He feels like he has unfinished business for the Blues after he failed to score a single goal for the club in his previous spell there.
Diego Costa could leave Stamford Bridge in the summer after a fall-out with Antonio Conte over a failed move to China, which would open up a space for Lukaku.
Man United, however, have their eyes firmly cast on making Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann their marquee summer signing.
Football Insider Verdict
Lukaku looks like he is willing to run down his contract at Everton and that is something that the Merseyside club should not mess around with. His deal at Goodison expires in two years and in that time Lukaku’s value is only going to drop, no matter how many goals he scores because he becomes closer to being able to move clubs on a free transfer. £100million is something that Ronald Koeman and his employers cannot pass up on – even if it’s Chelsea. It’s good to see that they will not be held to ransom by one of the richest clubs in the land, but they could be caught out here if United’s interest wanes.
In other Everton news, the Toffees will battle it out with two La Liga clubs for this £16.8million-rated attacker.