Romelu Lukaku will be allowed to quit Chelsea and join Everton this summer – but only if Jose Mourinho lands Ross Barkley in return, writes Neil Moxley in the Sunday People.

That is the deal shaping up between the clubs as Mourinho looks to breathe new life into his squad at the end of the season.

The Portuguese regards Barkley as a natural successor to Frank Lampard, who is set to quit the Stamford Bridge side for Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy.

That has raised the prospect of a move south for Barkley, with the Toffees' manager Roberto Martinez also keen to land Lukaku on a permanent basis.

The Belgium international’s loan move to Merseyside was only sanctioned on the final day of the transfer window.

Eyebrows were raised at the time and Mourinho has since challenged the striker to ‘tell the country why you left’.

People Sport understands there was major disagreement between the pair following the forward’s penalty miss in the UEFA Super Cup defeat by Bayern Munich in August.