Romelu Lukaku has made headlines by reportedly turning down a new contract with Everton worth £140,000-per-week.
The former Chelsea striker has just over two years left on his current deal but confirmed with club officials that he doesn’t wish to sign a contract extension.
This development comes after his agent Mino Raiola said that the extension was “99.9 percent agreed.”
It has left Ronald Koeman scrambling as a number of suitors will surely be lining up to sign to the Belgian.
The 23-year-old has scored 19 goals this season and is currently tied in the race for the Golden Boot with Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
But the Belgian has been craving Champions League football as he looks to compete with the elite clubs of Europe.
Speaking last March, he made it no secret that it was a dream of his and that he could not wait forever to play in the elite competition.
“I have been playing since I was 16 and never had a taste of the Champions League,” he said.
“It is going to be seven years. You think about it – is it going to happen?”
Both Manchester United and Chelsea are strong favourites to sign the Belgian but Everton will be expecting a hefty fee for the transfer.
The price tag on Lukaku’s head was last reported at £60 million.
While it’s certainly quite the price to pay, if Lukaku’s current ability is any indication, the youngster will be scoring goals wherever he plays for quite some time.
In just his second season in the Premier League he scored 17 goals in 35 appearances, quite the feat for a then 18-year-old.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic sure to move on from United within the next two years, Lukaku would fit into the squad seamlessly.
While he doesn’t possess quite the same arrogance, the 6’3″ striker is deadly in the air and lethal with the ball at his feet.
If he does end up back at Manchester United, it will be interesting to see how his relationship with Jose Mourinho develops moving forward.
Chelsea meanwhile will be expected to pay nearly double what they sold Lukaku for back in July 2014.
The exorbitant price tag easily trumps Everton’s record breaking fee of nearly £36 million but Chelsea have proved time and again that they’re willing to spend money to win trophies.
Additionally, Lukaku fits the Chelsea style of play almost perfectly as he possesses almost the same like-for-like (onfield) qualities as incumbent striker Diego Costa.
His strength on the ball is what makes him especially deadly but there’s no doubting his ability to finish.
Lukaku has a 64 percent shot accuracy, the highest in the Premier League amongst striker who have taken 45 shots or more.
To say he’s lethal would be an understatement.