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Everton closes in on Chelsea man Romelu Lukaku

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

This evening the internet has exploded with several stories indicating Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will be returning to Goodison Park on a permanent transfer. The reported fee is £18 million though it could be several million higher depending on appearance fees and any other bonuses.

Several media sites have published reports that Italian club Juventus has pulled out of the chase for the Belgian striker, and the signing could be announced this weekend. The Daily Mail is reporting the club has made extensive preparations for his return, and it would be a coup for him to return.

Several well connected personalities on Twitter including FourthOfficial have been dropping hints about an expected move today, and betting on Lukaku's return has been suspended at some online locations.

While none of this is firm confirmation, it seems like there are enough bits and pieces out there to indicate some real substance to the rumor. If it becomes true it would be the biggest signing in Everton's history.