A massive development in the saga involving Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has got plenty of fans talking on social media.
The Telegraph are among a number of mainstream publications to report that the Belgium international has informed the Merseyside club that he will not be signing a new £140,000-a-week contract.
The striker’s agent Mino Raiola mentioned numerous times over the past few weeks that his client was on the verge of penning a long-term deal, but it does not seem as though the pair are on the same page.
This latest bit of news throws up suggestions that a handful of clubs will be in the running for Lukaku when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
It is important to note, though, that the 23-year-old still has two years left on his contract at Goodison Park, which puts the Toffees in a relatively secure negotiating position.
As expected, Everton fans have taken to Twitter to give their thoughts on the news, with many disappointed in Lukaku’s conduct, while others believe that he will sign a new deal.
If Lukaku doesn't want to be a part of the future of our club let him go, no player will ever be bigger than the club #EFC
— mark lucas (@markrl17) March 14, 2017
Lukaku is just waiting to see if the club can match his ambition, like the rest of us #EFC
— JonNSNO (@jonhilladi) March 14, 2017
— Dave Pearson (@DavepeoEFC) March 14, 2017
— Global (@GlobalPCGamer) March 14, 2017
— Laura (@79Parksy) March 14, 2017
— Andy H (@Heskola78) March 14, 2017
I also wouldn't be surprised if Lukaku signs a new deal soon. With a clause that he agrees with. We couldn't really argue with that. #EFC
— Royal Blue Everton (@RoyalBlueEFC) March 14, 2017
Can't say I'm surprised but I feel a bit let down in the manner Lukaku is going about his contract talks, same old same old #EFC
— Chris Dean (@chrisdean129) March 14, 2017
Still reckon there's a chance Lukaku will sign a new contract with Everton though. Time will tell #efc
— Mike Allen (@Mallen1878) March 14, 2017
I think Lukaku doesn't want to tie himself down. He's clearly not desperate to leave, we should just include a release clause. #EFC
— Kenny Jarvis (@KennyJarvisEFC) March 14, 2017
People acting like lukaku is bigger than the club, what's our name? Everton FC. Cash in and move on. #EFC
— jay doyle (@jaydoyle1878) March 14, 2017
— robefc80 (@robefc80) March 14, 2017
— Matthew McMullan (@matthew_mcm) March 14, 2017
— Thom I (@ThomIrish) March 14, 2017
Reading people moaning about Lukaku. We all knew he wasnt forever. 2 years left on his contract. We would still get 70M this summer #EFC
— Pure Toffee (@GuyanMatt) March 14, 2017