Jose Mourinho's capture of the Cote d’Ivoire international represents a significant shun for Lukaku - who had reportedly been asked to remain in West London to fight for a first-team place.

It's presumed the news will seal the 21-year-old's Chelsea fate with Everton readying an £18m bid.

Everton will need to break their transfer record to sign Lukaku, and certainly will if reports of an £18m bid come to fruition.

The Toffees' previous transfer record was set during David Moyes' tenure, with the £15m purchase of Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini - a record that stands to this day.