Top 24-year-old striker would prefer Chelsea switch ahead of Man United move – report

Romelu Lukaku is holding out for a move back to Chelsea in the summer transfer window, according to reports

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku Photo: Romelu Lukaku / Instagram

Romelu Lukaku would still prefer to return to Chelsea ahead of a switch to Manchester United in the summer transfer window, according to reports in the English media.

The Daily Express is reporting the Belgium international is hoping to secure a return to Stamford Bridge this summer despite being sold in a £27m deal to Everton in 2014.

The same article states that the Premier League champions are favourites to re-sign the powerful centre-forward in a big-money deal this summer, although Manchester United have been in regular contact with Everton about the Belgian striker.

Widespread reports in the media on Thursday claimed Manchester United had agreed a fee with Everton for Lukaku, but there was yet to be any official announcement from either club.

Lukaku failed to make an impression during his first spell at Chelsea and was sent out on loan to West Bromwich Albion and Everton for three seasons before securing a permanent £29m switch in the 2014 summer transfer window.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho sanctioned Lukaku’s sale to Everton during his spell in charge of the west London side.

Chelsea have only signed Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero in the summer transfer window, while Manchester United have recruited Sweden international Victor Lindelof in a £30.7m deal from Portuguese champions Benfica.

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