Chelsea loan star Romelu Lukaku has had a wonderful season on Merseyside, and Everton boss Roberto Martinez knows he has a job on his hands to replace him this summer.
The 20-year-old Belgian international has been Europe’s most effective under-21 striker this season, scoring 14 goals and assisting a further six in 28 Premier League starts.
His impressive performances have often called into question Mourinho’s decision to allow him to leave Stamford Bridge without giving him a long run in the Chelsea first-team, and bizarrely enough, even after his terrific season it appears he has yet to win over his boss.
Lukaku’s price-tag will have soared as a result of this season, and Everton know that landing the star on a permanent basis is unlikely due to their strict finances.
Spanish boss Roberto Martinez, therefore, is on the lookout for a new striker ahead of next season and if reports are to be true, then another Chelsea striker has caught his attentions.
The former Newcastle man has been the least involved of Chelsea’s faltering strikers, starting just five Premier League games for the Blues this season.
Despite a relatively impressive scoring, including recent goals against Liverpool and PSG, Ba is reportedly surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and a move to Everton could be good for both parties.
Demand for the striker, however, is not in short supply so if Everton want to beat the likes of Arsenal, Fenerbache and West Ham United to his signature then they will need to make their move quickly.