Lukaku could be the perfect long-term replacement for Baines at Everton

According to The Mirror, Everton have launched a £22m bid for Barcelona defender Lucas Digne, but if they fail in their pursuit, the club should turn attention to Lazio left-back Jordan Lukaku.

What’s the word?

With Leighton Baines on the wrong side of 30, it is a matter of time before the Toffees will need a new regular left-back.

A handful of names have been linked to the position, and recently The Mirror reported that the Merseyside outfit have offered £22m to Barcelona for Digne.

However, the Catalan club have no intention to sell, which suggests that they should look at other options.

After a move for Kieran Tierney fell through, the pool of potential targets has weakened, but Jordan Lukaku should be back on the list.

Why?

The Belgian, who is the younger brother of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, currently plies his trade at Lazio.

The 23-year-old signed for the Serie A club in 2016, and has been honing and developing his skills on the pitch.

The left-sided player has pace but also strength, which is something that is needed in the Premier League.

Lukaku’s brother spent three years at Goodison Park, so he could give his sibling some tips on how to fit in at the Merseyside outfit.

Compared to some of the other targets linked to the position, Lukaku is likely to be a cheaper option given that his contract expires next summer, but the Toffees may face competition as the left-back was recently linked to Leicester City.