Monumental Everton boost as Chelsea make shock transfer decision

According to reports from The Daily Star, Chelsea have dropped their transfer interest in Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium international previously spent three years at Stamford Bridge, before signing for the Toffees permanently in summer 2014.

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He’d been tipped to return to west London this summer by a variety of sources, after bagging 18 Premier League goals and a career-best 25 across all competitions last season.

But the Toffees’ £65million valuation of their 23-year-old frontman appears to have put off potential summer suitors, including the Blues.

Indeed, The Daily Star claim Chelsea have ended their pursuit of Lukaku – and are now on the verge of signing Red Devils team-mate Michy Batshuayi instead.

A Chelsea doctor travelled to Bordeaux yesterday to complete the 22-year-old’s medical after the former Premier League champions saw a bid accepted by Marseille.

Batshuayi bagged 17 goals and nine assists in 36 Ligue 1 appearances last season and is being signed to provide competition to star striker Diego Costa.