By Richard Parks
Everton are in line to pocket a further £15million of add-ons from the transfer of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, according to a report.
A cache of contract information, obtained by the German news magazine Der Spiegel and published in the book Football Leaks: Uncovering The Dirty Deals Behind The Beautiful Game and cited by the Daily Mail, claim the Merseyside giants have secured some extraordinary add-ons in the summer 2017 deal.
It is said that Everton were paid a transfer fee of £75million by the Premier League giants for Lukaku but it will be topped up by further payouts if targets are hit.
The Merseysiders are on course for a £10million windfall if Lukaku scores 23 goals in each of his first four seasons at Manchester United. He is three goals over that in this campaign. There will also be a further £5million to Everton if Lukaku extends his contract beyond June 2022 or leaves United.
Football Insider verdict:
Credit to the Everton board for negotiating a deal that will enable their club to rake in cash for Lukaku in the coming years. As add-ons go, they are pretty achievable ones, too. Certainly, the £5million due if Lukaku signs a contract extension or quits Old Trafford is nailed-on. The only way Everton won’t get this payout is if the powerhouse striker is forced into early retirement, which is unlikely given that he is 25 and entering his peak years. The further £10million of add-ons are also likely, as Lukaku has flown past the 23-goal mark in his first campaign and netted 26 times for Everton in 2016-17 and 25 times in 2015-16. The Belgian brings a cast-iron guarantee of scoring goals and it appears that only a serious injury in one of the next three seasons will prevent him hitting the second of the performance-related targets. £90million in total for Lukaku was sound negotiating work from Everton, particularly as it was done before the Neymar-PSG deal. The problem has been replacing him, which they have failed to adequately do.