Everton might be having an average season but their star man Romulu Lukaku certainly isn’t.
The Belgium international has been magnificent this term, having scored 25 goals in all competitions, 18 of which have come in the Premier League.
Subsequently, it will come as no shock to hear that Lukaku, who doesn’t turn 23 until May, is on the radar of Spanish giants Real Madrid.
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According to The Sun, scouts from the Bernabeu have run the rule over Lukaku on at least five occasions this season.
Impressed with what they’ve seen from the former Chelsea striker, Real Madrid are now set to launch a huge £60 million offer for the Premier League’s third top goalscorer.
Lukaku is open to leaving Everton
The report adds that discussions between Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola and Real Madrid representatives are already underway.
And Lukaku believes he may need to leave Goodison Park - for a club competing in the Champions League year in, year out - in order to further his career.
Everton will, of course, be reluctant to sell their best striker for obvious reasons. But with Lukaku reportedly keen on a move to the Bernabeu combined with the chance to make a significant profit on their initial £28 million investment, the Toffees may agree to cash in.
Lukaku could replace Karim Benzema
Lukaku could end up replacing Real Madrid’s current first-choice centre-forward, Karim Benzema.
The Sun add the France international could be on his way out of the Bernabeu this summer with Florentino Perez, Real Madrid’s president, planning an end-of-season clear-out.
Benzema has scored 23 goals in 25 appearances for Los Blancos this season but Perez is reportedly willing to sell the 28-year-old following a series of controversial incidents.
Legal case hanging over Benzema
He is currently banned from the French national team and could miss this summer’s European Championships after it emerged he was involved in an alleged plot to blackmail his international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
If found guilty, according to BBC Sport, Benzema could face a minimum of five years in prison.
With this serious legal case hanging over Benzema, Real Madrid may have trouble selling the former Lyon striker this summer.
But regardless of whether Benzema stays or goes, Los Blancos are still likely to move for Lukaku.
Martinez hints Lukaku could be sold
And judging by comments made by Roberto Martinez earlier this month, Everton could sell the Belgian if the price is right.
“If Manchester United cannot keep Cristiano Ronaldo, that is a sign of a modern game,” the Spanish coach was quoted as saying by the Guardian after Lukaku scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Chelsea. “If you sell a player for those sorts of amounts, you can get the benefit of adding three or four players.”
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