Manchester United are seen as the lesser of two evils compared with Chelsea.
Manchester United's Michael Carrick in action with Everton's Romelu Lukaku
Everton will do all they can to hold onto Romelu Lukaku this summer although it will not be easy.
The Telegraph report he has his heart set on a return to former club Chelsea, where he feels he has unfinished business.
Yet the paper claim Everton would prefer to sell him to Manchester United.
Letting a player leave to another Premier League team is far from ideal, but relations between Everton and Chelsea are still at rock bottom after the Blues' botched pursuit of John Stones in 2015.
Everton resisted Chelsea's advances and sold Stones a year later to Manchester City.
The report claims the only way Chelsea will be successful this summer is if Lukaku submits a transfer request.
Everton's Romelu Lukaku
Manchester United are considering Lukaku but still prefer to sign Antoine Griezmann providing the Atletico Madrid man is attainable.
Lukaku has so far refused to commit his future to Everton and has demanded they make signings to match his lofty ambitions.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was the Chelsea manager who sold him in 2014, but Lukaku is represented by agent Mino Raiola, who helped clients Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all clinch moves to Old Trafford in 2016.