By Harvey Byrne

Juventus have taken a step back from signing Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian international wage demands were too high, according to a report.

Italian TV programme Qui Studio A Voi Stadio have reported that the star strikers wage demands are providing a major stumbling block.

With current Juventus forward Alvaro Morata being linked with a high number of European clubs, the Italian side are looking to bring in another forward and it has been suggested that they have looked at the possibility of signing 23-year-old Lukaku from Everton.

Lukaku has not been shy this summer in indicating that he’s looking to leave Merseyside, but his reported demands of £3.9million per season – equivalent to nearly £80,000-a-week, could become a stumbling block for a number of suitors.

Serie A champions Juventus have so far proved unwilling to give in to the Belgian’s demands and are ready to turn their attention towards other targets.

Former club Chelsea have also been linked with a move for their ex-player. It’s also no secret that the London side have a lot of money and may agree to pay Lukaku what he is asking for with Diego Costa facing little competition in the side.

Lukaku scored 25 goals in all competitions in 2015-16 in what was considered a struggling Everton side and it could be Koeman’s first task at the club to try and tempt the star man to stay.

In other Everton news, the Merseysiders have made a move for prolific Premier League striker.