The Belgium international, who scored 25 Premier League goals last season, rejected a new contract offer from the Toffees in March and has now reached an “agreement” with his agent over his future, with a move to Stamford Bridge reported to be on the horizon.
Lukaku has been heavily linked with the Premier League champions as well as Manchester United and Bayern Munich, and indicated that his desire to play in the Champions League will lead him away from Goodison Park.
Speaking after Belgium’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic on Monday, Lukaku told Belgian newspaper HLN: “We are now in talks with the (unnamed) club and I am looking forward.
“I want to play in the Champions League and try to win the Premier League – that would be best of all.”
Antonio Conte’s men are strong favourites to re-sign the player, whom they sold to Everton for £28million in 2014, although former Blues boss Jose Mourinho is thought to want him at Old Trafford.