Chelsea are set to offer Romelu Lukaku a new contract which could open the door for Everton to negotiate another loan agreement for the Belgium striker.
Lukaku has two years remaining on the five-year deal he signed when moving to Stamford Bridge from Anderlecht in 2011 for a fee that could eventually rise to £17million.The London club want to preserve his value, which they now regard to be between £25m-£30m and know that tying him to a longer term contract would help them do that.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has publicly stated he wants to sign a new striker this summer with a £32m deal having been mooted for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.
The future of Lukaku is likely to be decided after the World Cup but the prospect of him being sent out on loan once more is a distinct possibility.
The forward, who turned 21 this week, has spent the last two seasons with West Brom and then Everton where he scored 17 and 15 goals in the Premier League respectively.Everton have good relations with Lukaku and his agent Christophe Henrotay, who also represents Kevin Mirallas and would be hopeful of brokering another loan deal if Chelsea decide to go down that route.
Manager Roberto Martinez will also next week look to resolve the future of Gareth Barry, who spent last season on loan from Manchester City.
Barry has interest from Arsenal and Monaco, while City’s Major League Soccer team, New York City, will be up and running from March 2015 and there is an offer for him to play there.