Mino Raiola: Four clubs can afford Romelu Lukaku

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Four goals in as many Premier League appearances so far this season and Romelu Lukaku's future is back under the spotlight.

For weeks it seemed inevitable the Belgian striker would complete a big-money return to former employers Chelsea this summer but, for one reason or another, he opted to stay at Everton for at least one more year.

But unfortunately for manager Ronald Koeman, who fought hard to keep hold of his prized asset, Lukaku is a big fish in a little pond and destined for bigger things.


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Where exactly his future lies remains to be seen but his agent, Mino Raiola, has given an indication of the clubs that could sign him if they so pleased.

The Italian did also make clear that there's every chance Lukaku could stay at Everton, with talks of a new contract reportedly in the pipeline.

He said, per the Liverpool Echo: "We are talking, yes it is possible that he could stay.

"This year the message was clear he was not for sale and he is really happy there at the moment. We are happy with what the club is doing now, we will see how the season goes.

"I spoke with him after his hat-trick against Sunderland. I said you were rubbish, you should have scored six!

"There was talk of Juventus but no one can afford him in Italy. Outside of England, realistically the only clubs that can afford him are Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid."

Raiola's revelation follows on from Lukaku's father, Roger, claiming his son wanted to join two clubs this summer: Bayern or Manchester United.

"At the moment I think Manchester United or Bayern Munich are the most suitable for him, especially Bayern," he told Het Nieuwsblad, per the Telegraph.

"Every year they play at least in the semi-finals of the Champions League and the Bundesliga will suit him tremendously."

Lukaku Sr reiterated the notion that a move to Italy is out of the question.

"He cannot go to Italy because they keep things closed at the back and it is too hard for an attacker.

"What is certain, to continue to make progress, he needs to change clubs, but we are mainly engaged in making the right choice."

As for the Premier League, Chelsea remain interested in Lukaku but might baulk at Everton's asking price considering they saw a £57 million bid rejected in the transfer window.

Big spenders United will also have something to say about any move for the Belgian and might feel they have an advantage having dealt with Raiola on three separate occasions over the summer: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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