Chelsea Planning £100million Raid To Sign Everton’s Attacking Duo

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Chelsea are planning a massive £100million swoop for Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley.

Everton are already facing a tensed situation to block Belgian striker Lukaku’s summer exit after he informed the club on Tuesday that he has no plan to sign a new contract.

And now as The Telegraph reports, Ronald Koeman could also lose midfielder Barkley, who will only have 12 months left on his contract at the end of this season.

Chelsea have always kept a close eye on the England international, who could also part away with the Goodison Park this summer if his contract is not resolved soon.

Chelsea were consistently linked with Lukaku over the past two transfer windows, with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus also closely monitoring developments.

However, any deal is likely to cost in excess of the £65m that Everton demanded last summer when Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was keen to land a new centre-forward. But it’s believed that sort of figure would not scare away the West Londoners, who are also planning to get their hands on Barkley.

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The Premier League leaders will face competition from Tottenham who are also big admirers of the 23-year-old, as the midfielder has rediscovered his best form in recent weeks and will be in the centre of a bidding war this summer because of his own contract situation.

Chelsea may lose current star striker Diego Costa and midfielder Cesc Fabregas and could be gearing up for a shake-up of their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League action next season.

Fabregas is a potential target for AC Milan, while Costa was a mega-money target of Chinese Super League sides in the winter window. If Chelsea ultimately plans for a double raid it would surely be devastating for Everton, who have always been tough negotiators and will be in no mood to sell either of their prize assets.


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