The agent of Everton front man Romelu Lukaku has claimed that the striker is better than Chelsea ace Diego Costa and could go on to play for Manchester United or another one of the world's best teams.
As reported by The Guardian, Mino Raiola, who became the forward's agent last month, has also insisted that the Belgian international wouldn't have joined Everton for £28 million if they had met each other sooner.
In fact, he's even revealed that Italian giants Juventus were interested in the former Blues man, but he's adamant that it's near enough impossible for a side in Serie A to spend so much money on one player.
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Raiola, who is also the agent of the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, certainly hasn't held back in his praise for his client, as he told reporters: “If we had met each other earlier, he wouldn’t have played for Everton.
“Maybe somewhere else, maybe he would still be at Chelsea. I want to be clear: Romelu is a better striker than Diego Costa and could have done the same as the Spaniard did this season. But the Chelsea directors had decided to buy another star than giving confidence to one of their young boys.
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“Juventus was interested in him last summer but I want to be clear: I don’t think one of the Italian teams can pay that amount of money for one player. It’s almost impossible. We have never said he would leave at the end of this season.
"We will see what happens in the summer, but the Everton directors don’t have to think Rom will play there for the rest of his career. Later on, he’ll play for one of world’s best teams: PSG, Manchester City, Manchester United or Bayern Munich. Big names, but nothing is impossible as Rom has great potential.”
It remains to be seen as to whether any of the big boys swoop for the talented youngster in the summer transfer window, but for now he will no doubt be hoping to play his part in helping Everton climb the Premier League table.
Long way to go
With just eight league goals this term, Lukaku certainly hasn't proved that he's a world-class striker just yet. Of course in previous loan spells at West Brom and Goodison Park, the Belgian man, who had a disappointing World Cup, proved exactly what he has to offer, but he must continue to progress over the coming years.
Despite his troubles this season, Merseyside appears to be the best place for him to play his football for now, so he should keep his head down and focus on his game. In truth, though, with his agent seemingly intent on hitting the headlines that may well prove difficult.
He's certainly no Diego Costa, but could one day reach the Spaniard's level if he works hard.
Chelsea fans: Is Lukaku really better than Costa? Manchester United fans: Would you take Lukaku at Old Trafford? Have your say in the comments section below!
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