Everton are against selling Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea this summer because of their past conduct while attempting to sign John Stones, reports The Telegraph.
It seems as though Lukaku will be at the centre of a major transfer saga at the end of the season, with numerous big-name clubs being linked with his signature.
The Belgian international is yet to sign a new contract at Goodison Park, leading to suggestions that he is looking for pastures new.
Lukaku has made no secret of the fact that he wants to play Champions League football, but he is unlikely to achieve that dream with the Toffees, for a few years at least.
The Telegraph claims that the 23-year-old wants to return to Chelsea, where he failed to get first-team action over a three-year spell before joining Everton in 2014.
However, according to the publication, the Merseyside outfit would rather sell to Manchester United than the Blues because of their failed pursuit of Stones two years ago.
It is believed that the relationship between the two clubs broke down because of Chelsea’s conduct in trying to sign the defender, who ended up joining Manchester City last year.
Well, the ball is firmly in the club’s court given that Lukaku still has two years remaining on his current contract.
A report in the Liverpool Echo recently claimed that the Toffees will hold out for £100m, which would make him the most expensive footballer in history, eclipsing the £89m Manchester United paid to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus last summer.
It would be a shock if Everton received that figure, despite Lukaku’s prolific form in front of goal this season.
The Premier League’s top-scorer (24) is expected to attract plenty of attention, but a world-record bid might be too much for his suitors.
Everton may feel as though they cannot do business with Chelsea due to their relationship breakdown, but if a significant offer comes in, the club may have to listen, particularly if Lukaku desires a transfer.