Everton manager Roberto Martinez looks to have won the race to sign the sought-after frontman, who would become the club's record signing should the move proceed, exceeding the £15m fee Everton paid for Lukaku's compatriot Marouane Fellaini in 2008.
Reports of Lukaku’s imminent departure from Chelsea intensified after the 21-year-old posted a tweet through his official account hinting that he is ready for the next challenge in his career.
The striker has been linked with Everton, Wolfsburg and Juventus this summer after struggling to force his way into the first-team picture at Chelsea since his arrival from Anderlecht in 2011.
Despite the summer departures of strikers Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o, Lukaku’s first-team chances at the club looked bleak following Chelsea’s capture of Diego Costa and the return of Didier Drogba.
Earlier on Wednesday, Lukaku tweeted a photo of himself on an aeroplane with the message: “Time to write a new chapter.”
The tweet caused online bookmaker Sky Bet to cease trading on his next destination, with an announcement seemingly imminent.
Everton were 1/4 favourites before the plug was pulled, with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg rated 5/1, followed by Serie A champions Juventus at 8/1.
Lukaku mustered just eight Premier League appearances in his first season at Chelsea and failed to find the back of the net.
The following season saw the striker loaned to West Brom where he scored 17 league goals in 35 appearances, helping the club to an eighth place finish in the Premier League.
The Belgian spent last season on loan at Everton where he became a fans’ favourite at Goodison Park after netting 15 times in 35 Premier League matches.
Martinez has already acknowledged that a striker signing is high on his list of priorities.
"We clearly need to strengthen in the number nine position, the striker, and probably another attacking player," he said.
"I am not too concerned about the timing (of signings), all I want to do is make sure we get the right footballers.
"We need up to three attacking players and that is bearing in mind the different ways we are going to play and attack.
"We know exactly our priorities and the names. We will work hard to get them but they need to be a perfect fit."
Everton have announced a press conference for 7pm on Wednesday where they could confirm Lukaku's capture.
He went for £28 million F365. Clearly my sources are more reliable, lol. Mourinho did not want him to leave and clearly Lukaku hasn't got the fight in him so he had no choice. £10 million profit can go towards someone who has some fight in them, Lukaku would of been No.2 at Chelsea with Drogba being a bit part player this season, perhaps Bamford will get his chance unless he is out on loan already. I'm getting worried though as our 1st team squad looks small and with letting Bertrand go to Southampton it is going to get smaller. I hope Mourinho has some players lined up as we need another right back or left back and another striker. I know mourinho likes a smaller squad but there is no way these players can fight effectively on all fronts as it is surely? One or two injuries and we will be struggling.- crow