Sunday rumour mill: Chelsea to offer Lukaku in bid for mercurial playmaker

The Sunday People state that the Blues want Ross Barkley and are willing to offer Everton the Belgian forward as part of the deal.

Everton still have a realistic chance of finishing fourth and qualifying for the Champions League next season.

The Goodison Park outfit are playing some excellent football under Roberto Martinez, with a number of real stars in the Toffees’ line-up.

Romelu Lukaku has added a real goal threat to the Merseysiders’ team, but could well be set to return to Chelsea at the end of the season.

This season has seen Ross Barkley really establish himself as a top player and the homegrown hero has made his international debut for England.

The Sunday People indicate that Chelsea have been impressed with the attacking midfielder’s showings this season and want to add Barkley to their star-studded squad this summer.

In a bid to convince Everton to sell their prize asset, the report instigates that Jose Mourinho would be willing to include Lukaku in a deal to bring Barkley to Stamford Bridge.

It is stated that Chelsea see Barkley as a long-term replacement for Frank Lampard.

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