Report: Chelsea will try to seal deal for Everton star Romelu Lukaku by offering Loic Remy in part-exchange

Everton's Romelu Lukaku on the bench

The Blues are desperate to re-sign their former striker and are willing to offer Remy as a potential sweetener in a deal worth £70 million,

Everton's Romelu Lukaku on the bench

Any move away from Goodison Park for Romelu Lukaku would leave Everton desperately short in attack, but according to a report from the Telegraph Chelsea are willing to ease that problem by offering Loic Remy as part of a hugely lucrative deal for the Belgian.

Chelsea are desperate to re-sign the striker they sold two years ago for a Toffees club record of £28 million, but will have to pay far more than they received for him.

That is because Lukaku has exploded into the best form of his career since leaving Stamford Bridge, and has scored 45 goals in the last two seasons at Goodison Park.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku scores their third goal

Everton insisted earlier this summer that the 23-year-old star is not for sale, but with the Belgium international having admitted on more than one occasion his desire to play for a "top" club, it appears as though a move could still happen.

According to the Telegraph, Chelsea are prepared to go as a high as £70 million in their valuation of Lukaku, and are also willing to ease Everton manager Ronald Koeman's concerns about replacing the star by offering Loic Remy as a sweetener in the deal.

Remy, like Lukaku himself before he left in 2014, has not enjoyed his time at Stamford Bridge particularly greatly, having made just nine Premier League starts in two years at the club.

Chelsea's Loic Remy

The Frenchman still has a decent goals record, having netted 12 times in 47 appearances, the majority of which have come as a substitute, but at 29 years old he is hardly a like-for-like long-term replacement for Lukaku.

What his inclusion in a deal would do, however, would be to offer Everton a short-term option to immediately replace the Belgian whilst they search for a long-term successor.

Any potential deal involving Remy could well hinge on Chelsea's valuation of their striker, however; with the Blues allegedly setting £70 million as their ceiling for any deal, Everton will want as much of that figure as possible to come in the form of cash even in a part-exchange.

Loic Remy celebrates after scoring the first goal for Chelsea

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