Chelsea have reportedly matched Manchester United’s offer for Romelu Lukaku, according to reports.
It was widely reported on Thursday United had agreed a £75million fee with Everton for the 24-year-old striker.
But senior sources at the Merseyside club have told talkSPORT that the clubs remain in talks and a deal has yet to be reached.
Chelsea are willing to stump up the necessary funds to bring their former striker back to Stamford Bridge and hope the player will intervene to personally make the move happen.
United remain confident Lukaku will decide to join Jose Mourinho’s side and travel with the rest of the Red Devils’ squad ahead of their pre-season tour of the United States.
The Europa League and EFL Cup winners are due to fly to California on Sunday and Lukaku, who has been on holiday on the west coast of America, is staying in the US for the time being.
Lukaku has been holidaying with close friend and United midfielder Paul Pogba and early on Friday morning the Red Devils’ £89million world-record signing posted an Instagram story of the pair training together at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Everton have accepted Lukaku wants to go and expect him to move to Old Trafford this summer.
But there is still work to be done to get a deal over the line with the Toffees holding out for a world record transfer fee.