Romelu Lukaku is still wanted by Chelsea (Picture: Reuters)

Chelsea have reportedly made a last-ditch effort to hijack Romelu Lukaku’s transfer to Manchester United by matching the Red Devils’ £75million bid for the Everton striker.

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The Belgium international had been linked with the Blues for much of the summer until a stunning turnaround in the last 48 hours or so saw him agree terms on a big move to Old Trafford.

United are still confident they will get their man, with Lukaku in Los Angeles undergoing a medical ahead of linking up with Jose Mourinho’s side for the start of their US tour on Sunday.

Lukaku had looked set for a move to Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)
Lukaku had a spell with Chelsea earlier in his career (Picture: Getty)

Still, Chelsea feel that Lukaku’s preference would still be to return to Stamford Bridge after being sold by Chelsea to Everton in 2014/15.

According to the Daily Telegraph, they have matched United’s offer but will not be able to pay the same kind of agent fees to his representative Mino Raiola.


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Lukaku has already been seen training alongside Paul Pogba in LA (Picture: Instagram)

Chelsea now hope Lukaku will put his own interests ahead of those of his agent, with the west Londoners desperate to bring the 24-year-old back to the club after his huge improvement in four seasons at Goodison Park.

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Chelsea are expected to lose star striker Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid this summer, and are struggling to find a replacement as they also look into signing Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.

Conte has reportedly been furious with Chelsea’s poor work in the transfer market this summer, with Lukaku a prime target of his as he looks to improve on the side that won the Premier League last season.

Lukaku shone for Everton, scoring 25 league goals to finish runner-up to Tottenham’s Harry Kane in the running for the Premier League Golden Boot.

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