Chelsea are preparing a double player-plus-cash deal to persuade Everton to part with Romelu Lukaku despite the Merseyside club insisting that he is not for sale. Antonio Conte is keen to bring the striker back to Stamford Bridge, but will have to part with around £65m ($84.9m) to land the Belgian forward.
The Italian manager has already signed Lukaku's compatriot Michy Batshuayi to strengthen the front line, but with doubts over the future of Diego Costa, he is keen to bolster his frontline before the start of the Premier League season. Loic Remy is also on the books at Stamford Bridge, but the French striker is out of favour and will be included in the deal to sign the Belgium international.
According to the Sun, the Blues are willing to offer Remy and Asmir Begovic along with cash to persuade the Toffees into selling their prized asset. The Goodison Park outfit are in the market for a striker and a goalkeeper and could be tempted with Chelsea's latest offer.
Ronald Koeman is looking for a number one to replace Tim Howard between the sticks, while Begovic is keen to play regular first-team football after seeing his path blocked by Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea. The Bosnian stopper moved from Stoke City last summer, but a season spent sitting on the bench at Stamford Bridge has prompted him to look for a summer move.
Everton are also on the market for a striker as they expect the Blues to arrive with a bid for Lukaku, and have recently been linked with a move for Wilfried Bony, who could be surplus to requirements at Manchester City. The Ivory Coast international has failed to replicate the form he showed with Swansea City and is likely to be offloaded this summer.
Lukaku, meanwhile, is said to be keen on a move away from Goodison Park this summer, and according to the London Evening Standard, he is considering handing in a transfer request to force an exit from the club. The Belgium international is currently training with Everton for the start of the new campaign and looked to have injured himself during their pre-season game against Espanyol. Koeman, however brushed off concerns about a serious knock and is expecting the striker to be fit for their season opener against Tottenham Hotspur.
"Yes, it is his heel. There was a lot of blood on his ankle and he had had three stitches. No, normally he is not a doubt (for next weekend)," Koeman said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.