Romelu Lukaku wants to be the best striker in the world

By Harvey Byrne

Romelu Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola has revealed that the striker could stay at Everton after opening contract talks with the club.

The 23-year-old still has three years left on his current contract, but after being heavily linked to former club Chelsea throughout the summer, he could be set for an extension as well as a pay rise on his current deal.

Lukaku scored a goal and bagged an assist against Middlesbrough in the weekend’s 3-1 victory and has now scored four times in the Merseysiders’ last two matches.

“We are talking, yes it is possible that he could stay,” said Raiola to the Daily Mail.

“This year the message was clear he was not for sale and he is really happy there at the moment. We are happy with what the club is doing now, we will see how the season goes.

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“I spoke with him after his hat-trick against Sunderland. I said you were rubbish, you should have scored six!

“There was talk of Juventus but no-one can afford him in Italy. Outside of England, realistically the only clubs that can afford him are Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid.”

The powerful striker started the new campaign slowly, but he has hit six goals in his last three appearances at both club and international level.

Since moving to the Toffees in a club-record £28million deal in the summer of 2014 from Chelsea, he has scored 49 goals in 99 encounters for Everton after an initial loan spell.

Koeman joined the Merseyside club from Southampton in the summer and he has been keen to improve on a side which finished in a disappointing 11th place last season.

The Dutch manager brought in five senior players during the window and has led his team to an impressive four victories and one draw from the opening five Premier League matches.

In other Everton team news, Idrissa Gueye believes both Aston Villa and Toffees supporters are “willing to die” for the club colours.