Report: Koeman could have £65m to spend on new striker, priority is signing prolific 23-year-old
By Tom Blackburn
Ronald Koeman will offer Romelu Lukaku a new £100,000-a-week contract as he attempts to keep him at Goodison Park, according to a report.
Lukaku is wanted by a number of clubs including Juventus and Chelsea after publicly indicating his desire to leave Merseyside.
The Mail claim that new billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri will allow Koeman to use the entirety of the transfer fee on the squad if Everton’s bid to keep the Belgium international is unsuccessful this summer.
It is said Toffees owner Moshiri will demand £65million for Lukaka, who has three years left on his current £40,000-a-week contract.
The 23-year-old has been targeted by his former club Chelsea, who he left in 2014 to join Everton for a club-record £26.5million after a successful season on loan at Goodison Park.
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Chelsea are looking to rebuild their squad after a disappointing season and have been impressed by the development of Lukaku, who scored 18 league goals in 2015-16 and struck 25 times in 46 matches in all competitions.
Lukaku is one of only five players to score 50 Premier League goals before the age of 23, and in 2014 the Guardian named him as one of their 10 most promising players in Europe.
Koeman has already been told he has £90million to spend on the squad this summer, and might hope some marquee signings along with the big contract offer can keep Lukaku at the club.
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