Antonio Conte has urged Chelsea’s board to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton this summer, according to reports.
The Mail on Sunday claims that the Italian has told Chelsea’s hierarchy that the signing of the Belgium international, who could cost around £70 million, is ‘vital’ to his plans at Stamford Bridge next season.
Conte is keen to strengthen his attacking options for the new campaign and wants Lukaku’s transfer to be made a priority. It’s also claimed that the 23-year-old is keen on a return to Stamford Bridge.
And Chelsea are now set to pay a heavy price after allowing Lukaku to join Everton for £28m in 2014.
Lukaku, who is also wanted by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, has shown that he is capable of leading the line after another impressive season at Goodison Park.
The Belgian remains the leader in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot with 24 goals this season, three clear of Tottenham’s Harry Kante.
The Premier League leaders are also facing the prospect of losing Diego Costa to the Chinese Super League this summer, with reports claiming that the Spain international has signed a pre-contract with Tianjin Quanjian.
Speaking about Chelsea’s upcoming transfer window, Conte said: ‘I like to speak with my club about this and to tell my opinion to my club.
‘It’s not important to tell my opinion through the papers.
‘The first step must be to speak with the club and tell my opinion about this season and the next season, and to find the right solution to be more competitive. Then to face the situation, to sell or to buy, new players.