Everton have set an incredible price tag worth £100m on Romelu Lukaku in an attempt to ward off any threat from clubs wanting to sign him.
Lukaku has scored 24 Premier League goals this season, a remarkable feat irrespective of the club he plays for. This had made him a hot property, with most big clubs looking to sign him, among which are Chelsea and Manchester United.
But Everton seem keen to hold on to him, and have slapped a £100 million price tag on the striker, according to the Liverpool Echo. This looks like an attempt to ward off any potential bids for the Belgian, despite him having rejected a new contract at Goodison Park.
Chelsea seem keen on bringing the player they let go back to Stamford Bridge, with speculation linking Lukaku to them last summer too. They were expected to make a stronger bid this time, with Champions League all but guaranteed. The new price tag, however, could put them off.
Manchester United have also shown interest in the 23-year old, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future at the club unsure. Though huge price tags will not faze them, they would rather spend such money on their top transfer target Antoine Griezmann. The Red Devils had spent £89m last year on Paul Pogba, making him the costliest player in the world.
Lukaku has made his intentions clear with the Toffees, by stating that he wants to play Champions League football. He has also refused to sign a contract extension,with two years remaining on his contract. Manager Ronald Koeman confirmed this by stating: “He told me he won’t sign a new contract.”
This new price tag, however, is certainly designed at thwarting any clubs looking to take advantage of a contract stand-off.