Chelsea have been alerted to reports Romelu Lukaku is unwilling to sign a new deal with Everton.
Blues boss Antonio Conte is in the hunt for a new striker in the summer and has been heavily linked with a bid to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku has previously suggested he has ‘unfinished business’ at Chelsea, and the news he is unwilling to commit to the Toffees is sure to kick off fresh speculation a return to the Bridge could be on the cards.
Only last week the Belgium international’s agent Mino Raiola has claimed the deal was “99.99999999” per cent done.
However, despite the prospect of becoming the Toffees’ first £100,000-plus-a-week player the 23-year-old appears to have had a change of heart.
At the weekend a Belgian broadcaster asked Lukaku whether he was going to sign the contract, whether he was still reflecting on it and whether there was an agreement and to each question the striker simply answered ‘No’.
Suggestions then began to emerge that there was a disagreement over a proposed release clause with Everton wanting it set at £90million – which would require any club to break the world record transfer fee – and Lukaku’s side looking for the figure to be closer to £70million.
Reports have now claimed the player informed the club after training on Tuesday that the new contract will remain unsigned, which could open the door for Chelsea to swoop.