Romelu Lukaku wants to be the best striker in the world

By Will Butcher

Everton are to tell Romelu Lukaku that he is not for sale after the striker reiterated his desire to play Champions League football.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to Europe’s heavyweights, with Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Arsenal said to be monitoring him.

But according to the Express, new Goodison manager Ronald Koeman isn not going to let Lukaku leave any time soon as he prepares his squad to launch an assault on the top of the Premier League.

It is a stance shared by Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri as they prepare showdown talks with Lukaku.

The striker played in Belgium’s shock Euro 2016 quarter-final exit to Wales on Friday, and after the match answered questions about his future.

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“I need to talk to the club,” he said, as quoted by the Express.

Everton’s number 10, who moved to England from Anderlecht back in 2011, scored an impressive 25 goals in all competitions in what was a disappointing season under manager Roberto Martinez.

Koeman could be looking to replace Lukaku however, after being linked with his former colleague and Southampton striker Graziano Pelle who has excelled at Euro 2016.

In other Everton news, the Toffees fans have reacted on Twitter to a journalist claiming a deal for Manchester United’s Juan Mata is close to being completed.