Everton vow not to sell Romelu Lukaku
Everton have no intention of accepting any offer for striker Romelu Lukaku this summer, even if the bidding for the Belgian forward tops the £50m mark.
Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Manchester City have all been linked with moves for Lukaku, but Goodison Park insiders has stressed their star asset will not be sold.
Everton showed their eagerness to fend off the attentions of big spending clubs when they turned down a series of bids from Chelsea for their defender John Stones last summer and their determination to hang on to Lukaku now will be strengthened by the investment of new major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
The bolstered financial position at the Goodison Park club means they will be looking to add to their squad with star signings ahead of next season, rather than consider any offers to sell Lukaku, Stones or any of their star assets that also include Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman and England midfielder Ross Barkley.
However, Everton chiefs may be concerned by Lukaku’s comments suggesting he would be keen to quit the club and play Champions League football next season.
“I’m 23 next summer and I think it would be nice to play in the Champions League from next season,” he told Sky Sports, but it seems as if his club are determined to hang on to the striker they signed from Chelsea for £28m in the summer of 2013.
Lukaku has also confirmed he would work again with Jose Mourinho, after he was sold by the Portuguese boss after a brief and unsuccessful stint under his command at Chelsea.
These comments could be significant, as Mourinho is tipped to take over at Manchester United next season and Lukaku is believed to be among the Old Trafford club's transfer targets.
"Some people will say that I need to convince him (Mourinho), but it's not a question of that," Lukaku told La Derniere Heure.
"Three years ago I was 20 and I wasn't ready to be immediately effective in a top team.
"Several good seasons, including the current one, have changed the situation. I'll be 23 (in May) and I could leave this summer."
This is a story that looks certain to rumble on ahead of the summer transfer window, with the player seemingly on a collision course with his club as he eyes a move away from Goodison Park.