According to reports from The Daily Mail yesterday evening, the agent of Romelu Lukaku has claimed the striker will be allowed to leave Everton as soon as manager Roberto Martinez receives a ‘good offer’.
The 22 year-old is widely regarded as one of the most promising strike talents in world football, having amassed 60 goals in 131 appearances since the start of the 2012/13 campaign and often been compared to former Chelsea team mate Didier Drogba.
The Belgium international was linked with a move to Manchester United during the summer, whilst French champions PSG have also emerged as potential suitors over the last few weeks – in no small part due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract expiring at the end of the season.
The Toffees are well aware that their squad is laden with hugely promising young players, including the likes of Ross Barkley, John Stones, James McCarthy and Gerard Deulofeu, but demonstrated their determination to hold onto them during the summer.
They knocked back three Chelsea bids, the last and most lucrative being worth around £30million, for England defender Stones and are now opening contract talks to prevent yet another wave of bids in January.
But agent Mino Raiola, whose other clients include Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Mario Balotelli, clearly isn’t too interested in toeing the party line.
He claims Martinez has given assurances that Lukaku will be allowed to leave for a good offer, telling French radio station Radio Monte Carlo; “Lukaku to PSG? We had a discussion with Martinez, he said he would let him leave Everton if a good offer comes in.”
Meanwhile, the Merseysiders are preparing for a Premier League clash with Sunderland on Sunday, following back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United.