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2nd May, 2017 | 8:53pm

Graeme Sharp: This is why Everton risk losing 23-year-old in the summer

By Dominic Toner

Graeme Sharp believes that Everton may lose star man Romelu Lukaku in the summer if he wants to leave the club.

The 23-year-olds future at Goodison Park has been cast into doubt recently and the star striker could potentially leave the Merseyside club in the summer.

Chelsea have emerged as potential targets for the Belgium international and could look to re-sign the forward.

Lukaku reportedly turned down a new £140,000-a-week deal at Everton and is keen on playing Champions League football.

He has been in sensational form so far this season, scoring 25 goals in just 36 appearances across all competitions.

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Sharp feels that the Toffees could lose their talisman due to player power, but feels Everton will be desperate to keep him and heaped praise on his qualities.

“Everybody knows in this day and age that players have the power and we’ll just have to wait and see,” Sharp told Sky Sports News. “Obviously what he’s achieved this season in terms of goalscoring has been extraordinary for Romelu, in a team probably finishing outside the top six, so hats off to him there.

“Can we keep him? Only time will tell. I think Everton have a price but I think they want to keep him. You want to keep your better players. You’re looking at somebody who is 23, has still got a bit to learn, but what a fantastic player he is at this moment in time for somebody so young.”

He added: “I think we tend to forget he is only a young age, so we want to keep our better players. Ross Barkley comes into that equation as well but as I said at the start, players have all the power nowadays so we just have to wait and see.”

Lukaku has emerged as one of the league’s most consistent scorers since he moved to Everton in 2014 from Everton.

The striker is the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 24 goals and is battling Tottenham’s Harry Kane for the golden boot.

Chelsea fans are excited about the prospect of re-signing the prolific forward and feel that he could aid them in a title push next season.

However, Ronald Koeman needs to convince him that Everton are on the up and they have managed to book their place back in Europe for the next campaign already.

In other Everton transfer news, they have opened talks to secure the deal of an assist and goal machine.

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