Antonio Conte wants Chelsea update on top summer target – report

The Chelsea manager is desperate to complete a deal to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to reports

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku Photo: Romelu Lukaku/Instagram

Antonio Conte wants reassurances that Chelsea will look to sign Romelu Lukaku in the 2017 summer transfer window, according to reports in France.

L’Equipe, as quoted by Metro, is reporting that Conte wants a deal to sign the powerful striker done as quickly as possible to bolster his squad ahead of return to the Champions League next term.

The same article is stating that the Chelsea board are not willing to cough up Lukaku’s asking price of £78.6m, considering the Premier League champions sold the striker to Everton in a £27m deal in 2014.

Indeed, the French media outlet claims that Conte is growing increasingly frustrated that Chelsea still haven’t completed a deal to sign the centre-forward with the start of pre-season looming.

Chelsea won the Premier League title in their first season under the management of Conte after the Italian took over the reins from Guus Hiddink at the end of the 2015-16 season.

The Blues finished seven points clear of their closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur to win their second top-flight crown in three seasons.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Gossip
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth
Sky Sports reporter delivers update on Chelsea FC search for next signing
Gossip
Frenkie De Jong
Fabrizio Romano provides update on Chelsea FC link to Frenkie De Jong
Alisson vs Ederson
Alisson vs Ederson Stats – What Do The Numbers Say?
Gossip
Erik ten Hag
Fabrizio Romano: 'Matter of time' until Erik ten Hag is unveiled as new Man United boss
Who does Martin Tyler support?
Which Football Team Does Commentator Martin Tyler Support?
Gossip
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth
Sky Sports reporter delivers update on Chelsea FC search for next signing
Gossip
Frenkie De Jong
Fabrizio Romano provides update on Chelsea FC link to Frenkie De Jong
Alisson vs Ederson
Alisson vs Ederson Stats – What Do The Numbers Say?
Gossip
Erik ten Hag
Fabrizio Romano: 'Matter of time' until Erik ten Hag is unveiled as new Man United boss
Who does Martin Tyler support?
Which Football Team Does Commentator Martin Tyler Support?
Slideshow
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature