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According to The Daily Mail, RB Leipzig have offered Everton £22.5m for Ademola Lookman as they look to be reunited with their loan star from the second half of the 2017/18 campaign.
Well, the Toffees sent Lookman on loan to the Bundesliga side in January 2018, and the England Under-21 international shone in Germany.
Lookman scored five goals and recorded four assists in just 11 outings for Leipzig, form which prompted them to offer £25m for his services last summer – the Toffees rejected the bid as they wanted £28m plus add-ons for the 5 foot 9 forward.
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If Everton allow Lookman to leave for Leipzig, they absolutely have to insert a buy-back clause in any potential deal.
Marcel Brands cannot allow a situation to develop where Lookman continues his excellent form from the 2017/18 season and makes the Toffees look silly for ever selling him – but more importantly, makes them lose out from a financial point of view.
You only have to take a look at how well Jadon Sancho has done over in the Bundesliga to see why it would be beneficial for Everton to put such a clause in – Manchester City are probably kicking themselves for not doing so when they sold the now £90m-rated forward for just £8m with only a sell-on clause included.
Brands absolutely has to remain in control if Lookman’s stock does take off whilst he’s out in Germany, and a buy-back clause for a reasonable fee is the only way to do that.
It is the one thing Everton must do if they sanction the youngster’s departure.