Lukaku’s World Cup dream is over and the Belgian striker has stated his desire to sit down with Everton to discuss his future
[Update, Wednesday July 30, 2014]
Romelu Lukaku Set To Sign 5 Year Contract At Everton
Writing exclusively in todays DH.be Belgian journalist claims Romelu Lukaku is flying into Merseyside this afternoon and will put pen to paper on a 5-year deal at Goodison Park.
‘The Red Devil will sign a 5-year contract at Everton late this afternoon. Lukaku is currently flying to Liverpool to seal a transfer agreed by Chelsea, Everton and the player on Monday and Tuesday.’
[Update, Tuesday July 29, 2014]
Assistant to Lukaku’s agent claims Chelsea will sell Lukaku
Player will stay in the Premier League
Lukaku Will Be Sold To A Premier League Club
According to Oscar Damiani Junior, who managers the Italian market as the assistant to Romelu Lukaku’s agent Christophe Henrotay, the Belgian striker will be plying his trade in the Premier League next season.
Not though at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking in Calcio Mercato, Damiani also believes Lukaku has no plans to leave England for a new adventure in Italy’s Serie A.
“For the Italian teams there is very little chance,” said Damiani.
“Chelsea will sell him [Lukaku] outright. Juventus have been informed, but again, there is no chance for any Italian club.
“It will come as a blow [for Italian interest] because Lukaku is a great player.”
“Will Lukaku stay in the Premier League? Yes, I believe so,” concluded Damiani.
[Update, Saturday July 26, 2014]
Everton Head Of Recruitment Ian Atkins: ‘Lukaku wants Everton move’
Former player and now head of recruitment at Everton Ian Atkins has revealed Romelu Lukaku wants to make a permanent switch to Goodison Park this summer:
“Hopefully. Those negotiations are out of my hands but I think he had a terrific year for Everton last year and I think everyone at the football club would like to see him back,” Atkins told talkSPORT.
“Hopefully he’ll be pulling the Blue shirt on next year. Things can be sorted out and he’s quite settled in his mind that he wants to come back to Everton and help us get back to that next level after the Europa League this year. And hopefully Champions League football the year after.”
“Hopefully Lukaku will sign permanently because he is something that I know the management team would like in at Everton and I’m sure if he comes in he’ll be a great asset.”
[Update, Thursday July 24, 2014]
Lukaku wants Chelsea exit ‘as quickly as possible’
However player and interested clubs may have to be patient
No more loan deals as Chelsea demand more than £22 million for the 21-year old striker
Lukaku, who is currently training with ex-club Anderlecht is desperate to secure a Chelsea exit as ‘quickly as possible’ however, the asking price for the Antwerp born 21-year old means, according to Bart Lagae’s ‘inside sources,’ the Lukaku transfer saga will run right up to the September 1st transfer deadline.
With Lukaku’s agent, Christoph Henrotay having ruled out a move to German club Woflsburg for his client – one of the very few interested clubs who according to Lagae, have sufficient buying power to meet Chelsea’s opening asking price – the likes of Everton will have to play a waiting game in the hope the West London club lower their demands for the Belgian forward.
Meanwhile, Everton boss Roberto Martinez has spoken of his desire to bring Lukaku back to Goodison Park.
Speaking to talkSPORT, he believes Everton and Lukaku would be the perfect match although the Catalan was understandably playing his cards close to his chest.:
“Rom fits in really, really well at Goodison,” said Martinez.
“We created a fantastic bond with the player and the player with the fans and that is something that we would love to extend.
“It is difficult to say because he is not our player and I would never be disrespectful in that respect. He enjoyed his time at Everton, he developed as a footballer and we hope the parent club, Chelsea, were very happy with that loan relationship.
“Whatever happens in the future, at the moment there is not much we can speak about.”
[Update, Wednesday July 23, 2014]
Juventus loan bid refused
Lukaku back in Belgium and training with Anderlecht
Reports from Belgium claim Chelsea have rebuffed an attempt by Juventus to take Romelu Lukaku on loan. According to Het Nieuwsblad the 21-year old striker will not be allowed to join the Italian giants.
Despite Lukaku not having to report back to Chelsea until July 30, Het Nieuwsblad say ‘Big Rom’ is back in Belgium and will use the final week of his extended break to work on his fitness at ex-club Anderlecht.
Meanwhile, Voetbalkrant claim while any loan deal with Juventus is dead in the water, a permanent transfer for Lukaku to Everton remains a ‘possibility.’
[Update, Friday July 11, 2014]
Roberto Martinez believes the situation around Lukaku will be resolved sooner rather than later
“Romelu had an incredible season. He is a young man who matured immensely. We know the potential of Rom and Chelsea have been very good with the player and we have been really close with our relationship,” said Martinez.
“We need to find out where we are and there is nothing more to comment.
“Every time we spoke about Rom’s situation it was very clear that he wanted to go to the World Cup and then make a decision. Obviously it is not going to take too long from now on.”
[Update] ‘I Want A Permanent Move From Chelsea’
Belgian striker will follow the example of team mates Courtois and De Bruyne
Romelu Lukaku has made it clear he sees his future away from Stamford Bridge and has declared he is ready to make a permanent move away from Chelsea.
“I don’t want to go out on loan again,” insisted Lukaku.
“I’m 21 and have spent the last two seasons on out on loan. Thibaut Courtois has been in the same situation but he is going back to Chelsea as first choice keeper. And Kevin de Bruyne was also on loan from Chelsea but he has made his permanent move to Wolfsburg.”
“Both of them have a settled future, and now I want to have that feeling too.”
Asked where he thinks he will be playing next season, the Antwerp born striker revealed he has choices to make but was clear he wanted to make any transfer as smooth as possible.
“I don’t know yet, I have a couple of ideas but I want any move to go as smoothly as possible,” he told reporters.
“I don’t want to be part of any conflict. Interested clubs will have to negotiate and we’ll see where that takes us.
“There is a lot of interest and I simply have to make the right decision.”
Romelu Ready To Talk To Everton
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku’s World Cup roller-coaster came to a shuddering halt as the Red Devil’s were dumped out of the tournament by Argentina.
And while the ambitious striker could not hide his disappointment he is sure the Belgian squad can build on their Brazilian experience in the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers.
“We are all ambitious and our coach too,” said Lukaku.
“But we must now look ahead and and make sure we qualify for the European Championships. When we look back will be proud of our World Cup.
“Personally I‘m glad I was able to score in this tournament but the team is the most important aspect. We are disappointed because we really believed we had a chance against Argentina.”
Signed by Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 for an initial £8m fee, Lukaku has impressed in both his subsequent loan deals at West Bromwich Albion and Everton.
The 21-year old Antwerp born front-man scored 16 goals in helping Everton finish fifth in the Premier League as well as securing European football for the first time since 2009/10, a record that has seen him rapidly become one of the hottest properties in European football.
With a growing number of clubs, including Everton, Spurs, Atletico Madrid and Wolfsburg seemingly lining up to acquire his services next season, Lukaku revealed he is ready to sit down with Everton manager Roberto Martinez to discuss his immediate future – once he has recuperated and spent some time with his family in Belgium.
“I have the opportunity to stay at Everton, it is a possibility and it is something we will have to talk about. But first I want to go back to Belgium, see my family and get some rest.”