Romelu Lukaku has issued an angry response to the latest reports regarding his future at Everton, pleading with the media to "stay out of my business". Reports suggest the Belgium international is ready to turn down a return to Chelsea and join Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
The Sun understands the Premier League's leading scorer with 24 is available for £80m ($104m) at the end of the campaign, but has concerns over whether he can adapt to the tactics employed by Blues boss Antonio Conte. The champions-elect have adopted a high pressing game which requires a high work rate off the ball; an attribute which the 23-year-old does not possess.
Lukaku has been the deadliest striker in the top flight this term and was nominated for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award as well as being named in the team of the year. His ratio of 84 Premier League goals in 184 appearances makes him among the hottest properties in Europe, with Chelsea and United both interested in bolstering their attacks with the forward.
But following the latest development with regard to Lukaku's future, the ex-Anderlecht and West Bromwich Albion hitman wrote on Twitter: "Some media these days are annoying man. As long as I didn't make a public statement about my situation please stay out of my business ok?"
Everton ambassador Graeme Sharp believes the Merseysiders will struggle to keep hold of Lukaku and Ross Barkley – who has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur – in the summer. Manager Ronald Koeman insists the club will "try everything" to retain Lukaku but the offers from afar could be too good to turn down.
Chelsea and United are set to overhaul their respective attacks ahead of the start of the 2017-18 season. The west Londoner's top scorer Diego Costa continues to be linked with a move to China, a move which would force Conte into signing cover.
Wayne Rooney is meanwhile braced to leave United after 13 years at Old Trafford and could become the latest marquee arrival in the Chinese Super League. Furthermore, the uncertain timeline regarding Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return from a season-ending knee injury leaves the club with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as their only recognised strikers.
While Lukaku may have reservations over the style of play adopted by Chelsea, his experience during his first spell at Stamford Bridge may also put him off. He made just one Premier League start in just over two seasons with the club, with loan spells at West Brom and then Everton eventually leading to his permanent departure.