Romelu Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge will depend on Chelsea legend Didier Drogba’s negotiation skills.
Lukaku, 23, has been heavily linked with a move away from Everton after he refused to sign a new contract due to talks breaking down over a Champions League clause.
And Chelsea are hoping to pounce for the Belgian goal-machine, who has two years remaining on his current deal at Goodison Park.
But The Sun claim Drogba may play a significant role in Chelsea’s attempts to persuade him back to Stamford Bridge.
The same report claims the Blues legend will hold talks with Lukaku to convince him to reunite with the club who sold him to Everton for £28million three years ago.
The Everton star has admitted that he has unfinished business at Chelsea and is keen to prove himself in the Champions League.
However, if Chelsea seriously wants to secure Lukaku’s signature they will have to splash out around £70m. The Belgian attacker has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 21 goals in 28 Premier League appearances.
However, Ronal Koeman has insisted Everton will “do the maximum” to keep their star performer at Goodison Park.
“You need to have hope in life. The fans love Romelu Lukaku and everyone loves Rom,” said Koeman after his team’s 4-0 win over hull last night.
Everton fans roared when Lukaku’s name was read out at Goodison Park yesterday night after he netted a brace. He is the first Everton player to score at least 20 league goals in a season since Gary Lineker hit 30 in 1985-86.
“You are surprised about this?” added Koeman when asked about Lukaku’s performance.
“He is a professional and every professional gives the best for the club, the players, for everybody. Of course we like to keep best players and we will do the maximum to keep these players.
“But the final decision will be with the player himself.”