Romelu Lukaku has told Everton that he will not sign a new contract at the club, despite his agent Mino Raiola indicating that a deal was almost done, according to The Telegraph.
The majority of Everton fans have probably been waiting for an official announcement that their star striker has put pen to paper on a new contract given the amount of times that the player’s representative has discussed it.
Raiola recently reiterated to talkSPORT that a long-term deal was 99.9% finalised, but importantly, Lukaku has been rather quiet on the situation.
His only real comment on the speculation was given a few days ago when he replied, “No”, after being asked by Play Sports if he was signing a new deal.
Now, reports The Telegraph, Lukaku has informed Everton that he will not put pen to paper on a £140,000-a-week contract.
It appears as though the Belgium international intends to keep his options open ahead of what could be a busy summer transfer window.
Lukaku still has two years remaining on his current deal, so there is no rush for either party to come to a solution just yet.
Because of this reason, the Toffees are unlikely to give up hope on convincing the 23-year-old to put pen to paper.
However, the latest developments are sure to spark the attention of rival clubs that may be keen on making a move for Lukaku.
The striker’s former club Chelsea have previously been linked with a big-money swoop, while Manchester United have also been touted s a rumoured suitor.
Elite clubs around Europe are also likely to be linked to the forward, who has admitted before that he has a desire to play Champions League football.
If Everton are resigned to losing their key player, then they are expected to demand a huge fee for him.
As it stands, Lukaku is joint top scorer alongside Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in the Premier League with 19 goals.