Have Chelsea just stumbled upon the least likely transfer of the summer?

Now that Romelu Lukaku has netted 18 Premier League goals for Everton this season – leaving the big Belgian striker just one place off the Premier League’s top goal-scorer Jamie Vardy – there really can be no more doubt surrounding the powerful 22-year-old and his ability to score goals at a consistently impressive rate.

Although the former Anderlecht striker has seemingly had to face one or two obstinate critics throughout his current spell within the English game thus far, the vast majority of Premier League onlookers remain more than satisfied with Lukaku’s ability to do the business week-in-week-out, which is something that certainly hasn’t gone amiss in some of Everton’s top-flight rivals this season.

In a rather surprise – and let’s face it, slightly unbelievable – turn of events in recent weeks, it seems as if the striker’s former employers down at Stamford Bridge will reportedly raise an interest in returning for Lukaku this summer, despite allowing the Belgian international to depart their club for a sizeable £28 million back in July of 2014.

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So could Romelu Lukaku really be on his way back to Chelsea before the 2016/17 campaign eventually gets underway, or does this transfer rumour remain little more and loose paper-talk and pure speculation at best?

Well, seeing as the towering centre-forward must simply go down as one of the most capable strikers in the whole of world football right in the here and now, perhaps Chelsea’s apparent desire to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge isn’t all that ridiculous after all.

The Blues clearly need to address a few remaining issues within the current squad before the new campaign finally arrives, for although Guus Hiddink has certainly improved the current situation down in west London, the likes of Loic Remy, Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato seem unlikely to hit the ground running at Chelsea any time soon, and it remains to be seen whether or not Diego Costa’s future possibly lies beyond the Premier League in 2016/17.

Yet when it comes to holding up possession with a mixture of technical grace and pure physical dominance, finding teammates all across the final third with a range of impressive link-up play – as well as simply sending the ball home in one-on-one situations far more often than not – Romelu Lukaku is clearly worthy of his growing reputation in the Premier League and world football in general.

Whilst he still remains rooted within the early stages of his career and could easily add to his overall game before taking that all important step up, the current Goodison Park favourite certainly wouldn’t look out of place at some of Europe’s most elite outfits, especially on the back of his red-hot form this season.

However, there was always going to be a massive ‘however’ within this particular discussion at the end of the day – why would Everton look to part ways with their marquee centre-forward after initially breaking the bank to seal his transfer away from Chelsea in the first place?

If the Blues are genuine in their supposed interest this summer, the Toffees are reportedly only willing to part ways with Romelu Lukaku if his relevant suitors are offering to double his previous £28 million fee of 2014. Roberto Martinez’ club are therefore refusing to pull any punches within this particular transfer saga – which is a fair stance to take.

Although Chelsea – among several other top-flight European clubs apparently keen on landing Romelu Lukaku this summer – could probably afford to spend big on the current Everton striker in the summer, such a dramatic turn of events would likely serve to undermine the respective money-men behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, seeing as they were the ones who somehow saw fit to allow the in-demand 22-year-old to depart their club in the first place.

This is a move that could theoretically work wonders on paper, but given the history between the player in question and Chelsea Football Club as a collective unit, ultimately seems far too unlikely to take place.