'The Jerry Maguire option' - Everton fans react after club slap reported £100m price tag on Lukaku
By Alex Stevens
Everton have reportedly slapped a £100million price tag on striker Romelu Lukaku – and fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight at the valuation.
The Liverpool Echo claim the Merseysiders do not want to lose the striker this summer and will only consider selling him if a club meets their monster price tag.
It is said that Everton believe Lukaku’s valuation has increased to £100million after a season in which he has struck 24 Premier League goals to top the scoring charts.
Lukaku delivered the bombshell news to Everton chiefs last month that he would not sign a new contract at Goodison Park and wants to leave for a side in the Champions League.
That appeared to signal the end of the Belgium international’s time on Merseyside, given that his current deal expires in 2019.
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But Everton are cash-rich and ambitious, and are not desperate for funds, which has prompted fresh confidence from supporters that Lukaku could stay.
The Liverpool Echo report of the £100million valuation led to a series of positive posts, with fans glad their club are holding firm in the face of widespread interest in their prize asset.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
So that’s that, lukaku will be here for another season spearheading Everton’s title charge 2017/18. Great news #£100m #efc
— Tony (@Redfern1986) April 17, 2017
— ⚽️Greg E???? (@paddockpk3) April 17, 2017
£100 million for Lukaku #EFC
— Carl Bennett (@CSBenno) April 17, 2017
— jacko coyb (@khrjacko) April 17, 2017
Safe in knowledge if Everton want £100m for Lukaku, he won’t leave for less. #EFC best in business at commanding huge fees and holding firm.
— Ell Bretland (@EllBretland) April 17, 2017
Got to be £100 million + for Lukaku, we don’t have to sell and we don’t need the money, balls in our court #efc
— paul stanton (@psefc) April 17, 2017
If that’s true about Everton demanding £100m for Lukaku then that’s spot on, it basically says offer silly money or he’s going nowhere #EFC
— John Nelson (@johnefc86) April 17, 2017
The world’s most expensive footballer is Paul Pogba who cost Manchester United £89million last summer when he signed from Juventus.
Coincidentally, the France international is close friends with Lukaku, who joined Everton from Chelsea for £28million in the summer of 2014.
In other Everton news, there is friction at the club between manager Ronald Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh.