- Match Analysis
According to the London Evening Standard, Everton are prepared to sell Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea this summer, but the Toffees would want young Blues forward Tammy Abraham in a player-plus-cash deal.
Lukakus’ future at Everton has been thrown into doubt since he rejected a new contract offer from the club, and since then there have been many reports of various clubs aiming to sign the Belgian during the summer transfer window.
One such club happens to be Lukakus’ former club, Chelsea – who are said to be increasingly interested in bringing Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge as Diego Costas’ future at the club seems more and more unclear.
Manchester United and Arsenal have also previously been linked with an interest in Lukaku, though at this point it seems that Chelsea are in the driving seat as they look to replace Costa, who as mentioned before, continues to be linked with a move to the Chinese Super League.
Reports over the last week or so have been suggesting Everton want in excess of £75 million for Lukaku, but the London Evening Standard believe Everton will consider an offer of both cash – and one of Chelseas’ most exciting prospects, Tammy Abraham, who is currently out on loan to Championship side Bristol City from Chelsea, after fighting through the youth system at Chelsea, and making two Premier League appearances for the Blues last season – the teenager was not deemed to be part of Antonio Conte’s plans for the 2016-17 campaign, however.
Abraham has netted 25 times in 45 appearances for Bristol City this term, including 22 goals in the Championship, which is extremely impressive considering his side are struggling in the bottom half of the Championship table.
It will be interesting to see if Chelsea consider this offer, especially given Abrahams’ great form whilst out on loan.