Arsenal have stepped up their interest in signing Everton striker Romelu Lukaku after approaching the Merseyside outfit about signing the Belgian, The Football Pyramid understands.

Lukaku has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park all summer, with a spectacular return to Chelsea for a whopping £65million fee mentioned throughout the off season.

But with Chelsea having signed Lukaku’s Belgian teammate, Michy Batshuayi, the Stamford Bridge side are understood to have cooled their interest, which has prompted the Gunners to make their move.

Emirates Stadium officials, we are told, have been in dialogue with their Goodison Park counter-parts in recent days about taking the Belgium international striker to the capital, and a bid, we understand, could be launched in the relatively near future.

Arsene Wenger is actively searching for a new striker to lead Arsenal to a title charge in what is likely to be his last year as manager at the Emirates.

We are told that Lukaku is the man the legendary French manager wants, but it remains to be seen whether the Gunners boss sanctions his club meeting Everton’s lofty valuation – said to be around £60million.

That the Blues, who signed Lukaku for £28million in summer 2014, have moved to all but sign Wilfried Bony from Man City suggests that movement is being made behind the scenes.

Lukaku has enjoyed a fantastic three seasons on Merseyside, initially as a loan player from Chelsea before turning that move permanent two years ago.

The former West Brom loanee has netted a superb 61 goals in 127 for the club across that time, and as such, will make his current employers a healthy profit should Arsenal’s approach materialise to a transfer.

Lukaku certainly won’t come cheap but currently, Arsenal are front runners for his signature having made their first move.