By Coral Barry
Everton are ready to splash out £15million for Ajax goal machine Arkadiusz Milik as they brace themselves for life without Romelu Lukaku, according to a report.
The Toffees paid Chelsea a club record £28million for Lukaku’s services two years ago, but have been rocked by the news that the Belgian’s father believes his son will be playing for a new club before the European Champions get underway in June.
The Sun claim that Everton have set their sights on Polish international Milik, who has scored a remarkable 46 goals in 76 appearances for Ajax.
That includes 24 goals and 12 assists in just 42 games in all competitions for the Eredivisie runners-up this season.
Milik is only 22, but has already made an impression on the international scene, striking up a formidable partnership with Robert Lewandoski and bagging six goals in nine games during Poland’s successful Euros qualification.
His prolific form has made him a certain starter for Poland’s upcoming Euros campaign as they look to be the dark horses of a fiercely competitive tournament.
Milik’s potential goal return would go a long way to replacing the 18 Premier League goals Everton would be without if Lukaku did decide to jump ship this summer.
Everton are currently without a manager after they sacked Roberto Martinez, but Lukaku’s father has revealed that his son has already made up his mind about next season.
Roger Lukaku told Belgian outlet Het Nieuwsblad this week that he expected to see his youngster at Manchester United or Bayern Munich before watching him in the Euros.
“I think it will be in order before the European Championship,” he said, as quoted by SportsJoe.ie. “At the moment I think Manchester United or Bayern Munich are the most suitable for him.”
Despite Everton’s interest, they are expected to face some serious competition for Milik’s signature with Leicester, Liverpool, Arsenal, Lazio and Seville all keen on the Pole.
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