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Chelsea And Manchester United Target May Now Stay At Current Club, Says Agent

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Romelu Lukaku of Everton arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light on May 11, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Having been determined to uproot Romelu Lukaku for months now, agent Mino Raiola has seemingly softened his stance on the player’s Everton future.

Raiola is set to be a busy man this summer, with high-profile clients Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Mario Balotelli all looking like changing clubs in the coming weeks, and while Lukaku was widely expected to also be on the move, Raiola’s comments today have thrown that into a bit of doubt.

Speaking to Belgian outlet Sportwereld (in quotes carried by the Mirror), Raiola revealed that the significant investment to come from billionaire Farhad Moshiri, as well as the appointment of Ronald Koeman as manager, has made the 22 year old reassess his options:

“Everton don’t need the money anymore but Romelu wants to play for a club that can win trophies.

“[However] something’s changed at Everton. There’s a new project. If he leaves, it has to be a good deal for all parties.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 03:  Daley Blind of Manchester United challenges Romelu Lukaku of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on April 3, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Lukaku has been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs this summer. As well as Manchester United and former club Chelsea, the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich have all been linked with a player who could cost upwards of £50m should these clubs firm up their interest.

The transfer fee that Lukaku would command is prominent in Railoa’s thinking, and he makes reference to the general consensus that only the richest teams in the world could afford his client, and Juventus apparently don’t fit that bill:

“Romelu certainly has the qualities to play in Italy. But as the Italian landscape currently looks, there’s no team that can afford him. He is too expensive for Serie A.

“Only a global power can pay for him. The top clubs in England, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.”

Lukaku scored 18 goals for Everton last season in what was a disappointing season for the Merseyside club – and though he may still depart the club this summer, Raiola’s words will at least give them hope of retaining him for another year at lest.

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JUNE 18:  Romelu Lukaku of Belgium scores his team's third goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Belgium and Republic of Ireland at Stade Matmut Atlantique on June 18, 2016 in Bordeaux, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

In the meantime, Lukaku will be in action for Belgium in their final Euro 2016 group E game against Sweden on Wednesday night. The striker will be going into this match on a high having scored two goals in last Saturday’s 3-0 destruction of the Republic of Ireland.

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Author: The PA Team

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