PL giants go head-to-head with Chelsea, readying massive offer for Everton attacker - report
By Matt Farr
Manchester United are planning a big-money raid for Everton superstar Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Jose Mourinho is eyeing a £160million double swoop for Lukaku and Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann to complement Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his attacking line up at Old Trafford.
Lukaku, 23, is likely to quit Everton this summer after turning down the offer of a lucrative new contract at the club, and Manchester United are reportedly among a host of sides lying in wait.
Mourinho is believed to be ready to set aside £70million to land the Everton contract rebel this summer, and pip former employers Chelsea to the signature of one of the Premier League’s most coveted stars.
The Portuguese would also look to blow Everton out of the water with a contract offer worth nearly double the £120,000-per-week that the Toffees are currently offering the Belgian international.
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Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for their former striker, with a Sky journalist saying a deal was almost done earlier this month.
Lukaku has been in fine form for Everton this season, scoring 24 goals from 33 appearances in all competitions, where he tops the Premier League goalscoring charts. He also has seven assists.
He does however, still have two years left to run on his current deal at Goodison Park, and Koeman is determined for him to see that out.
Football Insider verdict
Despite Ronald Koeman’s and Everton’s best efforts, it looks increasingly likely that Lukaku will quit the club this summer. The striker is hungry for Champions League football, and Everton are still considerably short of finishing in the Premier League’s top four this season. The contract snub does not necessarily mean the end of the road for Lukaku at Everton, as he still has two years’ left to run on his deal, but there is no denying that £70million wouldn’t benefit the club this summer. The money raised from the sale of Lukaku could go a long way to further improving the first team squad following Koeman’s January flutter, not to mention a suitable replacement for their star goalscorer.
In other Everton transfer news, Koeman has revealed how much he will pay to keep this star at the club (not Lukaku).