It’s On: Chelsea open transfer talks with Everton for Romelu Lukaku

Everton have begun negotiations with Chelsea over the possible sale of star striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium international has long been linked with a move away from Goodison after refusing to sign a contract extension earlier in the season.

Lukaku’s future has been open to much debate since, with Everton even slapping a £100m price tag on their asset.

And it has been reported in the Times that Chelsea have now opened negotiations with Everton over re-signing Lukaku.

But the newspaper’s deputy football correspondent, Matt Hughes, also claims that any proposed transfer is being delayed “by Michy Batshuayi’s reluctance to move to Goodison Park in part exchange.”

Everton have not commented on the report according to the Liverpool Echo but the story also claims that Chelsea are unwilling to meet Everton’s valuation.

As a result various packages have been discussed but while Batshuayi has accepted he no longer has a future at Stamford Bridge, he would prefer to move to Monaco rather than stay in England.

Chelsea are reportedly reluctant to pay more than £70m for their former player but are prepared to put the Belgian at the top of their pay scale on £200,000 a week.

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