According to sources, West Ham also tried to get Everton's Romelu Lukaku but in the end he also turned them down as he said that he wants to play Champions league football.
That allowed Lukaku, who has scored 12 goals in his last 10 appearances, to pull away at the top of the standings.
Everton may rather Lukaku join United, but it seems the player prefers to re-join Chelsea.
Romelu Lukaku has now scored as many Premier League goals (84) as Cristiano Ronaldo. Having produced such impressive numbers while playing for a mid-table club, several top sides are now tailing him.
Romelu Lukaku is set to be one of the most coveted players during the upcoming transfer window with both Manchester United and Chelsea keen to bolster their forward line ahead of next season.
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Will he? Won't he?
Tottenham Hotspur and Everton have arguably the two best strikers in the Premier League amongst their ranks.
Rumours will reignite after Lukaku admitted that he watches the official channels of some of Europe's top clubs.
"He told me he won't sign a new contract", Everton manager Ronald Koeman was quoted by the Sun (UK). Lukaku would be an ideal potential signing for either club.
However, they are expected to face stiff resistance for his signature as Manchester United and Chelsea are also interested in him and Everton are expected to demand big money for the hitman. This transfer saga is getting interesting by the day though, and it will be interesting to see how things develop in the coming months.