Everton appear set to finally sign Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, and could complete the deal within the next two days, according to the Daily Mail.
The Belgian forward’s future has been up in the air for some time, with the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal all having been linked with moves for him this summer. However it now seems that Jose Mourinho will instead allow him to leave for Goodison Park on a permanent deal following his successful loan spell there last season.
Lukaku’s switch to Everton
It’s said that Demba Ba was Roberto Martinez’s initial preferred choice, but the Spaniard baulked when faced with the prospect of paying the Senegalese striker’s £80,000-a-week wages. Now though he has directed his sole focus on Lukaku, who could be the key to The Toffees’ bid of breaking into the top four of the Premier League.
The 21-year-old bagged himself 15 league goals in 31 games for Everton last term, and continued his impressive form from the year before where he established himself as the lynchpin of Steve Clarke’s West Brom side. However that hasn’t been enough for Mourinho, who is open to the idea of allowing Lukaku to move on having clinched the signing of Atletico Madrid’s talismanic forward Diego Costa.
Coincidentally it was Atletico who looked to be in pole position to land Chelsea’s young forward, with Diego Simeone keen to solidify his team’s credentials as a major European force. However their interest seems to have cooled completely since they signed Mario Mandzukic, and the likes of Wolfsburg and Juventus appear to be waiting on the periphery of the situation rather than ready to register themselves as direct competitors for his signature.
The Metro claims that in agreeing a switch to Everton, Lukaku is snubbing Tottenham, who have made the striker one of their top targets for the summer. It’s said that the starlet is keen to work once more with Martinez, which means Mauricio Pochettino will be forced to turn to the likes of Wilfried Bony to strengthen his front line.