Everton are growing increasingly concerned that they may be unable to keep Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United’s grasp this summer, even if their North West rivals fail to qualify for the Champions League, according to reports from the Mirror.
The Belgium international’s future has been the subject of intense speculation over the course of the past few weeks, with the Red Devils having emerged as serious admirers of the man once dubbed the ‘Baby Didier Drogba’.
Lukaku himself has been in, arguably, the form of his career this term, notching 18 league goals for the Toffees.
However, his own showings have not been enough to stop the Merseysiders slipping into midtable, and reports claim that they’re now genuinely worried that their club record £28m signing will push to join Man United even if Louis van Gaal cannot guide them to Champions League qualification.
It’s understood that the influence of Jose Mourinho – who is expected to succeed LVG this summer at Old Trafford – is a big factor for Lukaku, even though the Portuguese tactician didn’t give him a chance when the pair were at Chelsea.