Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is reportedly open to a summer return to Chelsea after being quoted as saying he has “unfinished business” at Stamford Bridge.
The Everton striker admitted recently he is keen to play for a Champions League club after becoming frustrated at Goodison Park, where despite an FA Cup semi-final appearance against Manchester United at the weekend, the club has hugely underachieved this season.
Although Chelsea face a summer of rebuilding after a woefully-poor defence of their Premier League title, and despite not being able to currently offer Lukaku the Champions League football he craves, the Daily Mirror claims the Belgian would be open to a return to the club where he made his name.
Chelsea want 22-year-old Lukaku back and are quietly confident of landing him – even though Everton are likely to ask for more than double the £28million they paid them for him in July 2014.
Manchester United and German duo Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are also interested in the marksman, who has scored 25 goals this season.
It is understood Lukaku, who originally joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in his Belgian homeland for £18m in 2011 but only ever started one Premier League match for them in three years, never wanted to leave Chelsea and still believes he could become an asset for the Stamford Bridge club.
He rocked Everton last month when he admitted: “For me, things are going well at Everton right now. I can become top scorer of the Premier League. But, yes, I could be leaving the club in the summer.”
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has so far opted to bury his head in the sand over the powerful frontman’s future.