Lukaku, who sustained a minor injury against Middlesbrough on Saturday, has been the subject of months of speculation over his future after he signalled his desire to sign for a Champions League club towards the end of last season.
Following a middling Euro2016 and a dearth of clubs willing to pay Everton's asking price, the 23-year-old returned after his summer break saying he would he stay with the Blues for another year.
No doubt influenced by the team having made an excellent start to the new season, it now appears as though he could extend the terms he signed two years ago, however, following Mino Raiola's latest comments in the press.
"We are talking," the 'super agent' is quoted as saying. "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!"
To listen to Lukaku prior to the European Championships, it seemed as though he had his heart set on a move away from Goodison Park and he even went as far as to claim he had a good idea of where he would end up.
Having made it clear that they didn't want to lose him, Everton didn't receive any bids for him and he came to terms with the fact that he would be spending the next year at least on Merseyside.
With Ronald Koeman turning the team's fortunes back around again, that might turn out to have been an ideal turn of events for the striker..
"There was talk of Juventus but no one can afford him in Italy," Raiola explained. "Outside of England, realistically the only clubs that can afford him are Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
"The beauty for Everton is the chairman Bill Kenwright. This man is one of the most amazing men I have met in my 35 years in football.
"I would like to have as owner of my football club. He knows what players really need I believe, he is a great character who loves his club. It is a great strength." Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-3795620/Mino-Raiola-Romelu-Lukaku-Outside-Premier-League-PSG-Bayern-Munich-Barcelona-Real-Madrid-afford-Everton-star.html#ixzz4KgIptpnb Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Reader Comments (67)
Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer
1 Posted 19/09/2016 at 00:37:19
Mino also said that he told Rom he should have had six and not three goals from the game with Sunderland, but admits that no Italian club could realistically afford him and only Europe's top clubs, PSG, Bayern and Real Madrid would be able to match the player's valuation.
Standby for some interesting stuff on our Chairman who Mino says "The beauty for Everton is the chairman Bill Kenwright. This man is one of the most amazing men I have met in my 35 years in football.
'I would like to have as owner of my football club. He knows what players really need I believe, he is a great character who loves his club. It is a great strength.'
That last bit about Bill may or may not be accurate, however, let's hope the contract offer isn't so generous as to alienate the rest of Rom's team-mates, if the Belgian decides to sign up to the Everton "project".
2 Posted 19/09/2016 at 07:47:34
3 Posted 19/09/2016 at 07:59:42
4 Posted 19/09/2016 at 08:01:50
5 Posted 19/09/2016 at 08:07:22
I am glad the agent is happy with the way things are now. Perhaps we could sign him up to partner Rom upfront.
6 Posted 19/09/2016 at 08:15:00
In a month's time, new contract or not, Rom and his gutter agent will be mouthing off about a move to a 'bigger club' and we will get frustrated all over again. I would rather be frustrated knowing he was getting £65,000 a week or whatever obscene amount he 'earns', rather than upping it to £100,000 a week. Surely I am not alone here?
7 Posted 19/09/2016 at 08:16:24
Even Raiola's been sucked by Bill's BS!
8 Posted 19/09/2016 at 08:19:53
9 Posted 19/09/2016 at 08:25:08
That said, getting Rom to sign a new deal would be huge for us.
Lastly, if Juventus wanted Rom, they could have afforded him, the Higuin fee would have easily secured Rom's signature.
10 Posted 19/09/2016 at 08:28:22
This Riola character is a real piece of work. Him and his ilk will be the very reason I eventually give up on football.
11 Posted 19/09/2016 at 08:58:43
12 Posted 19/09/2016 at 09:27:38
13 Posted 19/09/2016 at 09:31:56
Reading between the lines this sounds like it could be good news simply as a barometer of where we are going as a club though – within a matter of months the tide appears to be turning. Have we gone from pariahs to "players"...?
Maybe the options away from Goodison Park aren't that plentiful, or attractive as they once were after all. Long may it continue.
15 Posted 19/09/2016 at 09:47:07
I don't get the clamour for a buy-out clause. If he has a buy-out clause of say £70 million, that means putting a maximum sale price, not a minimum one. In Spain it is a legal necessity, not here. No benefit for the club.
16 Posted 19/09/2016 at 10:05:18
17 Posted 19/09/2016 at 10:06:29
18 Posted 19/09/2016 at 10:08:48
As I am unable to get a big fat agent fee for getting Rom a transfer, I will now work on getting a big fat agent fee for getting him a new contract at Everton.
19 Posted 19/09/2016 at 10:23:23
Regardless, I'd see it as plus for Everton, because if Rom is happy and stays fit, he could break the 30-goal barrier and propel the club towards top 6 or hopefully top 4.
20 Posted 19/09/2016 at 10:23:52
Exactly...well, kind of.
The fee, say £70M, is the stipulated amount at which Everton would HAVE TO accept a transfer. Nobody would offer higher, obviously. But we wouldn't ever have to accept any lower.
It will be Rom and his agent that want the buy-out clause. Everton's job is to make sure that figure is as high as possible. £90M would do for me if he really wants that £100k per week and another bumper signing on fee.
21 Posted 19/09/2016 at 10:39:53
If this transfer window has taught us anything its that we better hang on to Rom if we can because regardless of the money it is very hard to replace him with similar ability because without CL football they just don't want to come to us. Hopefully that will soon change...but we need a top 4 finish to get that momentum really rolling.
22 Posted 19/09/2016 at 10:55:10
Also he could run his contract down and we've wasted at least the initial £28m we spent on him.
Makes sense for us to tie him down, he might be better off not signing and keeping his options open we'd be forced to sell him next summer anyway for lower than his true value.
23 Posted 19/09/2016 at 11:06:46
Yes, that for me is the more interesting part of this (as opposed to is he or isn't he poo, a knob, has a knob agent, etc etc) – it's maybe an indication of where we've got to already under Ronald Koeman.
24 Posted 19/09/2016 at 11:32:37
25 Posted 19/09/2016 at 11:53:57
Rom is a 20+ goal a season centre forward in the mould of Bob Latchford (oh Bob didn't honour his contract with Birmingham either or for Everton for that matter) who wants top level football. He's a rarity and is getting better, why do people want to knock him FFS.
If we can keep him great, if we can't we will get good money for him.
Just enjoy him while he's here, many others wish they had him.
26 Posted 19/09/2016 at 12:06:32
27 Posted 19/09/2016 at 12:16:33
I agree with you, we are lucky to have him. It's not the money he is after that's why he signed for us and not stayed at Chelsea.
We've finished 11th the last two seasons and last season was not his fault, no surprise he wanted away to better himself.
Hopefully we'll continue to do well so that he stays, he is rare player IMO.
28 Posted 19/09/2016 at 12:23:16
29 Posted 19/09/2016 at 12:24:13
I don't mind having a buy-out clause, but in light of the escalation of recent transfer fees, I would hope the buy out would be £100 million, no less. In a few years, I am sure that would be a realistic price for him, simply because the mad world of football is unlike any other.
I think that, sometimes, these buyout fees can clarify the situation for all parties. It's basically 'put up or shut up' for any interested parties.
30 Posted 19/09/2016 at 12:28:19
Can't see the benefit to us of giving him a new contract tbh. Get rid at the end of the season.
31 Posted 19/09/2016 at 12:37:50
If he doesn't sign a new one, Everton won't get as much next summer with 2 years left. Say £50 mill rather than £70 mill. And if he doesn't go then it could well be £20 mill season after. If we're lucky.
32 Posted 19/09/2016 at 12:38:48
Imagine we put one in for Stones when we signed him. A £20m or £25m buy out clause would seem reasonable when we bought him!
So no, do not insert any buy-out clause in for Rom... or if you do, account for the ridiculous levels of inflation and make that clause £200m.
33 Posted 19/09/2016 at 13:00:55
1) With the ridiculous inflation on transfer prices, nobody knows how far it will go in a few years time. It would be unwise to put a minimum release clause in his contract. It could very well be that £100m is the going rate for a mid-table striker in two years time. If Lukaku scores 30 a season by that time, we will be kicking ourselves.
2) Same goes for salaries. Give him £100k a week now for two or three extra years on his contract, could prove to be the bargain of the century in a couple of years time. Wouldn't surprise me with the way the market is going, that a mid-table striker fetches £200k a week in a few years time.
3) Why am I taking the words of that clown Raiola seriously?
34 Posted 19/09/2016 at 13:10:43
35 Posted 19/09/2016 at 13:20:42
Reminds me of BK offering Martinez a contract after one good season. Are we to offer Lukaku a new contract after a hat-trick against a struggling team? He did not look a £120k-a-week player on Saturday.
Hilarious that the Fantasy Football people effectively gave him the MotM bonus points. Maybe Raiola has a hand in there as well. I don't know the answer to this conundrum, but would like to see a few more goals before we renegotiate, especially with a player who tends to blow hot and cold.
I have been reading Colin Harvey's book and he speaks of the high number of written transfer requests from Bob Latchford that Billy Bingham used to wrap his cigars in and burn. Bob also stopped the Club Secretary in his car in traffic and posted a request in the window when it was rolled down.
36 Posted 19/09/2016 at 13:20:46
Regardless of the usual nonesense from the media, if Lukaku does renew his contract I'll be more than chuffed. He's a rarity. And his job is to score goals, not to be the world's leading diplomat just to please some Evertonians.
37 Posted 19/09/2016 at 13:24:39
While we're doing well, I wouldn't be surprised to see this deal happen. It certainly won't mean that he'll definitely be staying.
38 Posted 19/09/2016 at 13:35:24
39 Posted 19/09/2016 at 13:36:18
40 Posted 19/09/2016 at 13:42:49
After the Martinez contract fiasco I'm surprised they let Bill anywhere near but then, it is his fax machine.
I'd like to see Lukaku stay but someone has to explain the rule book to him and does this help Mr Koeman sort out dressing room differences?
As Bill rides off into the Boys Pen, we never even got to say thank you.
41 Posted 19/09/2016 at 13:51:08
42 Posted 19/09/2016 at 13:54:34
Eighteen months of bluster about a big move being just around the corner for his boy and the best he can deliver is looking like a new contract with the same club he claimed he would never have countenanced his client signing for if he had been in charge of his career sooner.
What's his super power? The ability to scoff shitloads of humble pie without heaving?
"Stand back citizen!! Super Agent is here to save...err..face."
43 Posted 19/09/2016 at 14:03:48
45 Posted 19/09/2016 at 14:40:22
46 Posted 19/09/2016 at 15:13:01
47 Posted 19/09/2016 at 15:18:00
48 Posted 19/09/2016 at 15:46:22
Extend his contract, pay him more and ensure a handsome return if he moves.
49 Posted 19/09/2016 at 15:47:18
Leeches like Payola or whatever his name is deserve less respect than a dog turd on the street in my opinion and, young or not, all the players in the club need to buy into the desire to bust a gut every day in a bid to win matches and then the even greater rewards they and their leeches seek.
Naïve, maybe... but the notion of just having to swallow "professional" shit because that's just how the world is won't do for me. I mean you no offence in any way at all by the way. COYB!
50 Posted 19/09/2016 at 15:58:56
It's not so long ago we were signing crocks like Saha as our main striker and we wouldn't have dreamed for one minute of having somebody like Lukaku sign for us. Now it seems he wants to stay but instead of rejoicing at that and the way the club has turned a corner to make that possible, Depressives Anonymous takes to the stage! If we won the fucking treble this year and signed Messi and Ronaldo in time to win the Champions League next year, Depressives Anonymous would still be out in force using TW to vent their petty grievances.
As for Kenwright, yeah we know he leaves a lot to be desired as a chairman of a business, but as chairman of a football club he aint done so bad as he? He loves this club just as much as any of us do and he promised us one thing.He would seek investment to grow the club but not at any price. He would never put the club at risk and he has kept his promise. He could have sold the club to the Venkeys or some other prats but he kept his promise and eventually it bore fruit. It may have taken longer than we hoped but he got us there.
If Raiola or anybody else likes him, just leave it at that, because I quite like him myself although I appreciate his weaknesses. Give the man a fucking break. Smile FFS we're 2nd in the league, playing good stuff and it's only going to get better!
51 Posted 19/09/2016 at 16:16:23
But I can't get worked up be media reports or the occasional thing that Lukaku says about his ambitions. I certainly tend to completely ignore the ramblings of middle men (and pundits on the telly).
In the big scheme of things, the occasional spot of shit in the media, relating to Lukaku or anyone else, is trivial compared with he can bring to us as a club. He is rare, and he could be a lot worse in terms of showing any arrogance, and by God there have been plenty of Prima donnas like that in football. So really, I just want him to score goals.
Yes, there are limits to shit you can take, but we're far off that, so I'm just looking forward to events unfolding. They're not all gentlemen like Brian Labone, Howard Kendall or Gareth Barry, but I can live with that.
52 Posted 19/09/2016 at 16:19:45
53 Posted 19/09/2016 at 16:59:24
54 Posted 19/09/2016 at 17:09:53
No-one was willing to cough up £65m+ which is why he's still with us. If we don't finish top 4 next year he'll be on about 'proving himself at the top level' again.
His agent and others like him should be banned from the game. He pocketed £25m from the Pogba deal! Money that's gone straight out of the game and into his Monaco bank account, tax free!
55 Posted 19/09/2016 at 17:18:10
How would this make Jagielka and Baines feel? Both of whom turned down moves to Arsenal and Man Utd and probably a bigger pay cheque or do you think that's a case of more fool them?
I think we are better off with Lukaku but should we reward his attitude, his performance on the pitch or just honour his contract and offer him another at the due time.
56 Posted 19/09/2016 at 17:39:30
It's no use berating agents, the players want agents, so were stuck with them. It's the crazy finances of football that's the culprit, god knows how high transfer fees and wages are going to reach.
57 Posted 19/09/2016 at 18:33:26
As clubs go, we are doing okay. Our prima donnas are few and far between. Just wait until we are Champions League regulars. We'll have to put up with all sorts of shite. We need to get used to it.
Lets embrace being on the up. It's going to be a bumpy ride but let's not let the crap get to us. We need to enjoy Lukaku for his football and try to not let the agent's wheeling and dealings and all the other crap get us down.
58 Posted 19/09/2016 at 18:45:47
Until of course, the next window, when all those huge clubs who apparently weren't interested enough to make an offer are spruiked by his agent once more.
59 Posted 19/09/2016 at 18:50:39
EPL is a very dirty business and the players and their agents are, in the main, unashamed mercenaries but we who want success just have to accept it. These aren't the days of the £20 a week maximum wage; the boot used to be firmly on the foot of the clubs, though.
60 Posted 19/09/2016 at 19:04:20
61 Posted 19/09/2016 at 19:13:54
62 Posted 19/09/2016 at 19:45:35
Anybody who can score without getting into the same postcode as the ball has to have special qualities.
63 Posted 19/09/2016 at 19:48:25
Now, I'm not getting carried away myself but you can only beat what's put in front of you and we've won 4 out of 5. Happy days. Winning breeds confidence, so keep this run up and who knows where we could end up.
As for Lukaku, maybe he's coming to his senses and realising that Everton is as good as it gets for him. I've stated many times there was to be no bidding war for him so maybe the penny has dropped.
Please don't forget though, guys and gals, we've played no one The same goes for Man City and they are the only team above us as far as I can see.
64 Posted 19/09/2016 at 20:10:16
Before offering Rom a new contract I would ask Steve Walsh to imagine that Rom plays for someone else, would Steve advise us to buy him and for how much? Just remember two things, first Steve suggested buying Gana, Kante, Vardy, Mahrez and recently Slimani all have impressive skills so his evaluation of Rom would be very interesting for the manager.
Secondly we have bought game changing players just for the price of the John Stones transfer money imagine who we could buy for even £65M.
65 Posted 19/09/2016 at 20:16:30
Over here in the Premier League, Manchester City already has the best striker in the league (IMO), Manchester United has more pressing areas of need and while Arsenal could desperately use him, they'll never come close to our asking price.
That basically leaves PSG and Chelsea. And, deep down, I don't think Rom actually wants to return to Chelsea unless they get rid of Costa and agree to make him "the man" (which is honestly why I think he backed off the transfer talk this summer – once it became clear Costa was staying put and he'd be fighting for goals/minutes).
So exploring a new deal with Everton makes sense for now, especially now that he's gotten a taste of the Koeman regime and the notion that the club might be on the cusp of something special doesn't seem quite so far-fetched.
66 Posted 20/09/2016 at 02:53:03
I'm constantly asking myself: How can I be so indifferent about a player I really should be so proud to have in my beloved club? But then I see yet another thing like this, and it's just... ughh. It's so fucking draining.
67 Posted 20/09/2016 at 13:55:08
If you've got time, Dave, please read "RIP Freddie Armstong" on one of the other threads that's how you love this club.
Dave, you like Kenwright and that's fine... but please do not put him anywhere as close to people like Freddie, and there are hundreds of fans like Freddie.
68 Posted 20/09/2016 at 17:39:21
But that's the point isn't it? We all love the club in our own way and our own way often depends upon circumstances, such as what your overriding priorities are and the priorities of a chairman may not be quite the same as a fan's.
My uncle Peter, my dad's older brother, collapsed and died in County Road after a match in 1962 because he would not follow the advice of a St John's Ambulanceman and leave Goodison in an ambulance before the game had finished. He was having a heart attack which caught up with him around the corner. That's how much he loved the club.
Would I do that? I don't know but as a kid I would sometimes walk to Goodison from Aigburth Road if all I had was the 1/9 admission money. Maybe that was my way of loving the club.
Kenwright's way of loving the club may just have been rescuing it from his predecessor and handing it on to someone who would keep it safe for all of us to love and for those who will follow us to love.
Let's not get into the 'holier than thou' business, we all do things and express our affections in different ways. Vive la difference.
69 Posted 20/09/2016 at 17:48:45
Add Your Comments
In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.
Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.