Chelsea are set to join the battle for Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in an attempt to lure the striker back to Stamford Bridge, according to reports.
The Belgian striker left the Blues two years ago in a £28million deal, but according to The Sun, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic has identified Lukaku as a summer target as they look to rebuild after a poor defence of their Premier League title.
Chelsea will reportedly have to pay £56million in order to bring the Belgian back to Stamford Bridge, double the amount they sold him for two years ago.
Lukaku scored in Everton’s 3-2 loss to West Ham at Goodison Park to become the Toffee’s highest scorer in a single Premier League season, scoring his 18th goal in 28 appearances.
After an initial loan spell at the Merseyside club, Lukaku has gone on to score 60 goals in 140 appearances for Everton, and has since been targeted by a number of top European clubs.
According to the Daily Mirror, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are also said to be interested in the 22-year-old with the club’s senior chief executive being sent to watch Lukaku in the 3-1 win against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
With doubts over the future of star striker Robert Lewandowski, Bayern are reportedly looking to sign a new striker should the Polish international leave the club.