RB Leipzig sporting direct Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that the German Bundesliga outfit will be looking to keep Everton forward Ademola Lookman at the club permanently.
The 20-year-old left-winger has been impressing in the German top-flight since joining on loan from the Toffees in January but admitted the club have no buying option on the attacker. and a permanent switch hindered on what happens at the club – possibly a reference to the managerial situation.
As quoted in The Daily Star, Rangnick said: “If it were down to us, I’d already know the answer.
“But it’s not only down to us. We have no clause in the contract.
“I think that we can only answer the question once the season’s finished.
“It also depends on what happens at Everton.”
In the Bundesliga, the forward has made seven appearances, four starts and registered one goal.
Lookman is popular amongst Blues supporters who have been calling for the England U21 starlet to be given further opportunities in the side but Sam Allardyce admitted they would listen to offers for the player.
The winger only signed from Charlton Athletic in January 2017 and is under contract at Goodison Park until 2021 where he reportedly earns £23,000-a-week.
Football Insider verdict:
Lookman is clearly an ambitious player and one who wasn’t happy to just sit it out on the bench and wait for his chance. It’s crazy to think that despite him being exactly what the club needs in attack he hasn’t been given sufficient opportunities. Everton should not sell the 20-year-old but unless they can give him reassurances that he will get more game-time he may push the club into giving him a move elsewhere. He’s raring to go though, and his pace and wizardry down the wing would be perfect for them next season.
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