CHELSEA have been given a boost in their pursuit of Romelu Lukaku as Everton want Tammy Abraham.
Lukaku has been linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge after declaring he had “unfinished business” at the club.
And according to the Evening Standard, the Blues are ready to use the Toffees interest in their academy starlet Abraham as leverage.
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The 19-year-old has netted 22 goals on loan at Championship club Bristol City and has impressed with his performances.
Everton are keen to improve their squad with young talent in the summer as they continue their push to break into the top four.
And they have identified Abraham as a potential target from outside the Premier League like their £11million signing of Charton’s Ademola Lookman.
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Antonio Conte rates Abraham highly but the youngster could ask to leave if he is shipped out on loan again next season.
The Blues could also use Abraham to strengthen their hand in the race to sign Lukaku.
Abraham recently spoke about his future and said: “It is something that has played on my mind.
“I need to get through this season first and finish on a high. It would be a dream to play in the Premier League.”
Chelsea are battling Manchester United to land Lukaku after the Belgian admitted he wants to play Champions League football next season.