Everton clearly resigned to losing Lukaku this summer

Everton have promised Romelu Lukaku that he can leave if “certain clubs” make a bid for him this summer, the striker’s agent Mino Raiola has told talkSPORT.

What’s the word?

It has been widely reported that Lukaku will consider moving on from Goodison Park after he failed to agree a new contract.

The Times recently claimed that the Merseyside outfit have slapped a world record £100m price tag on the Belgium international.

The hefty fee would put off most clubs, but according to the player’s representative, Everton are open to selling their main man.

Raiola told talkSPORT:

“Lukaku had a promise that if certain clubs came this summer that he could leave this summer. We are not in concrete talks with anybody at this moment, but hearing the market I think some clubs will contact Everton.

“If the price is right for Everton and the project is right for Lukaku then I think he will want to make another step, but we are not there yet.”

Which clubs could they be?

Raiola provided a big insight into Lukaku’s current situation at Everton, but he did not allude to the clubs that the Toffees would be willing to agree a deal with.

Logically, the Merseyside hierarchy should only consider negotiating with clubs that can afford the fee, or can at least get close to the asking price.

There are not many that can, but in terms of the options in the Premier League, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have the wealth behind them to be contenders.

Throughout the season, it has been claimed by many sections of the British media that Lukaku would consider returning to Chelsea after his first spell at the club did not go to plan.

The Belgian failed to cement a regular starting spot during a thee-year stay and eventually signed for Everton in 2014.

He has gone from strength to strength at Goodison Park, and this season scored 25 Premier League goals.

If Everton are open to sanctioning a move, they may only be considering clubs from abroad as there is no danger of sending their prized asset to a rival.

 


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