Breaking – Lukaku rejects £140,000 a week Everton contract, transfer to Chelsea looking likely in summer

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has turned down the most lucrative contract offer in the club’s history.

The Premier League club had been confident the Belgium international would sign a new five-year deal thought to be worth around £140,000 a week.

The 23-year-old’s agent, Mino Raiola, had said his client was “99.9%” certain to extend his stay at Goodison Park.

However, Lukaku has told the Toffees he currently has no desire to extend a contract that has two years to run.

Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to play in the Champions League and has been linked with a return to former club Chelsea, from whom he joined Everton for £28m in 2014.

Everton may still hope to persuade him to stay but, if not, will demand a fee in excess of £60m for a player who has scored 19 goals this season.

The 23-year-old is now set to become one of the summer transfer window’s most wanted men, with his former club Chelsea known to be keen on taking him back to Stamford Bridge.

With Costa’s future uncertain, if Lukaku does leave, the Belgian could most likely be ending up at Chelsea, however, there will possibly be a strong competition from Manchester United for his signing.

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