The former Blues youngster has bagged 60 goals in 139 Premier League appearances during his spells away from Stamford Bridge and has been tipped to return there this summer.
Indeed, recent reports claim the west London side are willing to offer £65million plus a replacement striker in Loic Remy after seeing a succession of prior transfer bids rejected for the Belgium international.
The Daily Mail now report that Chelsea’s aggressive pursuit of Lukaku has angered those at Everton to the extent that they’re now prepared to refuse the 23-year-old a summer move back to the Bridge – in a similar manner to their handling of the John Stones situation last summer.
And it’s further claimed that Ronald Koeman’s side have now opened contract talks with the 6 foot 3 striker in a bid to keep him on Merseyside. Chelsea, however, remain confident they can prise Lukaku away from Goodison Park.