Romelu Lukaku latest: Everton striker's agent suggests he could turn down Chelsea, Manchester United and stay

The loquacious Mino Raiola claims his client is excited by Farhad Moshiri's investment

Mark Critchley
Tuesday 21 June 2016 18:21
Lukaku is currently competing at the European Championship with Belgium
Lukaku is currently competing at the European Championship with Belgium

Romelu Lukaku is in no rush to leave Everton and the investment made the club's new owner Farhad Moshiri has excited him, according to his agent.

After scoring a career best 18 league goals last term despite a season of underachievement at Goodison Park, the Belgium international has been linked with Manchester United, Juventus and his former club Chelsea.

Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to play for a club in the Champions League in the recent past and, last month, his father predicted that he would leave Everton in the summer.

Since then, however, the Merseyside club have appointed Ronaldo Koeman as Roberto Martinez's replacement and Moshiri has promised a transfer budget of around £100m to his new manager.

Mino Raiola, Lukaku's agent, believes that this may be enough to convince his client that he should stay.

"Everton don't need money anymore," he told Sportwereld. "Romelu wants to play for a club that can win trophies.

"Something's changed at Everton: there's a new project. If he leaves, it has to be a good deal for all parties involved."

According to Lukaku's father, who spoke to journalists in May, Everton would demand around £65m for the 23-year-old striker. Raiola believes this rules out the mooted move to Juventus and prohibits all but a few 'global powers' from signing the player.

"Romelu certainly has the qualities to play in Italy," he said. "But as the Italian landscape currently looks, there's no team that can afford him. He is too expensive for Serie A.

"Only a global power can pay for him. The top clubs in England, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain."

Lukaku is currently on international duty with Belgium at the European Championship in France.

After failing to find the net in his country's opening game, a 2-0 defeat to Italy, Lukaku scored twice in a 3-0 demolition of Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland side.

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