Agents hint at Chelsea move: “Lukaku had a promise that he could leave for certain clubs”

Romelu Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola has fuelled speculation that the striker could move to Chelsea, telling talkSPORT he has been told he can leave Goodison Park in the summer if “certain clubs” want him.

Chelsea are interested in re-signing Lukaku — who scored 25 goals in 37 Premier League appearances for Everton last season — with Diego Costa’s future at Stamford Bridge appearing increasingly uncertain.

Everton reportedly value the Belgium international at as much as £100 million.

Manchester United have also been linked with Lukaku, but Raiola said no club had yet made a formal approach to Everton.

“Lukaku had a promise that if certain clubs came this summer that he could leave,” he said. “We are not in concrete talks with anybody at this moment, but hearing the market I think some clubs will contact Everton.

“If the price is right for Everton and the project is right for Lukaku then I think he will want to make another step, but we are not there yet.”

Asked about Everton’s reported asking price, he said: “In two years, maybe £100m for a guy who makes 24 goals is a good deal. I don’t know.

“The market will be ruled by the people who buy, so if there is a club that needs Lukaku and thinks he is worth £100m, then Everton are right [to demand it].”

Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to play in the Champions League, and in December turned down a lucrative long-term contract extension at Everton after Raiola had said the deal was “99.9 percent” agreed.

“You know we have the 0.1% now,” Raiola said. “At that moment we decided not to sign the contract, but I have to say the relationship with the club is very good and we knew if someone would come and satisfy Everton then there is a possibility that he leaves [this summer].”

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