Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is closing on a return to Chelsea, according to Calciomercato.
The Belgium international’s stock has risen significantly this season, with his 21 league goals for the Toffees propelling him to the top of the Premier League’s scoring charts.
Romelu Lukaku has publicly revealed he harbours aspirations of playing at a higher level and, subsequently, will not sign a new contract at Goodison Park.
The revelation has alerted Europe’s biggest clubs, and reports in Italy claim Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is keen to replace Diego Costa with Lukaku.
He told Sky Italia: “I think many big players will join Chelsea in the summer as Conte wants the Blues to become credible contenders for the Champions League win.
“I can say Romelu Lukaku’s Chelsea move is almost done deal and reports in England claim Alexis Sanchez will also play for Chelsea next season. Many other players could also arrive [at Chelsea].”
Addressing speculation about Conte’s future, Marianella added: “I don’t know why people keep saying Conte is considering leaving Chelsea.
“I don’t see why Conte should be on his way out of the club. I don’t understand these kind of rumours.
“Conte lives in a great city, he works for an amazing club and the fans love him.”