Roberto Martinez has gone on record as saying that he wants to sign Lukaku permanently after his 16-goal season for Everton on loan this past season but has admitted that nothing will happen until after the World Cup.
A successful tournament would only increase either the likelihood of Chelsea keeping him or the fee it would take to land him, potentially pricing the Blues out of the market.
The 21 year-old has also said that he believes he is ready for Champions League football, something Dortmund (assuming their interest is genuine) could offer.
Meanwhile, Lukaku's compatriot and reputed Everton target, Michy Batshuayi is the subject of plenty of interest from the Premier League, with the striker reportedly turning down a £7m move to Swansea as he anticipates a bid from a bigger club.
Arsenal have been strongly linked with the 20 year-old striker and Tottenham are the latest club to emerge as a potential suitor. Batshuayi has scored 37 goals in 90 appearances for Standard Liege and is almost certain to leave the Belgian club this summer.
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280 Posted 27/05/2014 at 17:44:21
284 Posted 27/05/2014 at 17:47:48
Regarding the topic at hand, I do expect Lukaku to have a good tournament. He seems to enjoy the big stage and there are some players like that who just come alive at the World Cup.
286 Posted 27/05/2014 at 17:52:30
Hope they do let him leave like, but if the only way we could service a deal involved Stones, I'd look elsewhere.
287 Posted 27/05/2014 at 17:52:13
I'd offer the chavs £25m plus add-ons and get the lad signed up. We can always sell him to Madrid for £100m in a few seasons.
292 Posted 27/05/2014 at 18:09:33
One way that we can avoid being steamrollered into selling off our best homegrown talent is to invest in young talent, and the kind that will bag us a fat juicy dividend.
It's called "trading up", and we really should be doing it.
306 Posted 27/05/2014 at 18:19:15
Unfortunately I don't think he will be playing for us, as he will have plenty of other suitors that will 'out money' us.
Our only chance will because he may want to play under Roberto's tutorage for 2 years or so. Maybe I'm being somewhat naive, & to answer my self, probably.
307 Posted 27/05/2014 at 18:47:16
312 Posted 27/05/2014 at 18:54:25
I suspect it's Everton who will be outbid this time round!
322 Posted 27/05/2014 at 19:23:01
I'm surprised he doesn't go for nimbler, less physical ball players . The way we create chances 20 goals a season should be feasible for our striker next season .... whoever he is.
326 Posted 27/05/2014 at 19:32:51
If any monied Champions League team comes in for him then his rapport with the Goodison faithful is going to count for very little. It was nice while it lasted but we need to look elsewhere for our new striker!
335 Posted 27/05/2014 at 19:37:16
Remember Diouff at Liverpool. Bought for 10 million quid on the back of a good World Cup. He scored a miserable 6 goals in 80 appearances (3 in 55 in the league). Turned out he wasn't quite the goal machine they thought he's be.
The fact is that a purple patch at a World Cup means nothing and paying out a lot of cash for such a player is a big risk. We have to look a Lukaku over the time he has been in the PL and base our valuation on that.
348 Posted 27/05/2014 at 20:52:26
350 Posted 27/05/2014 at 21:18:02
360 Posted 27/05/2014 at 22:09:32
The reason Martinez likes a big fella up top, is so that our quicker, more nimble players can play off him. He likes a target man who can score goals, create space with runs off the ball, and bring other players into the game.
When I say a target man, I mean one that can and does score goals as well.
Personally I think we've got about as much chance of signing Lukaku as we have of signing Ferenc Puskas.
368 Posted 27/05/2014 at 22:38:31
374 Posted 27/05/2014 at 22:30:26
I very much doubt that most clubs will not already know all they need to know about Romelu Lukaku, but a good tournament will raise his profile and may convince a few waverers that he is worth the investment as an effective player with the added bonus of worldwide marketability.
380 Posted 28/05/2014 at 00:39:13
399 Posted 28/05/2014 at 07:48:46
402 Posted 28/05/2014 at 08:08:32
612 Posted 29/05/2014 at 15:32:02
I have been a fan of Lukaku before we signed him and I struggle to see why we appear to dither when a World Cup is upon us and we all know prices can go crazy.
Anyway this is the article below and I would be very interested in comments and viewpoints.
Romelu Lukaku again this week demonstrated why he has the potential to become one of Europe’s most feared strikers.
Okay it was ‘only’ Luxembourg, but his hat-trick in a 6-1 friendly win for Belgium maintained the momentum gained following a successful season on loan at Everton.
Lukaku hit 15 league goals and quickly became the focal point of the side, just as he did on loan at West Brom the previous campaign. He already has more league goals at the age of 21 than Lionel Messi, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer.
Despite his extraordinary efforts, it looks likely that he will leave parent club Chelsea after a disagreement with Jose Mourinho.
That presents Everton with a golden opportunity they cannot afford to turn down. If they can persuade Lukaku to sign on permanently (and raise the necessary funds) then they will be in a no-lose situation.
The worst case scenario would be that Lukaku fails to live up to his potential, but at just 21 he would still carry a significant sell-on value, meaning the Toffees could cash in on him if needs be.
However, should he prove a success, Lukaku could score the goals that fires Everton into the Champions League – something they came very close to doing this season.
Even if Lukaku then pushes for a move, Everton would still be able to make a significant profit on his sale and reinvest in the squad elsewhere. But if that dream scenario is to be realised they need to get a move on.
Roberto Martinez says he is willing to wait until late in the window to make a move to sign Lukaku. But that is taking a huge risk given with each passing week and impressive performance his value is only going to go up.
With Christian Benteke injured, Lukaku is set to lead the line for Belgium at the World Cup, exposing his talents to a worldwide audience.
A successful tournament would only increase the already lengthy list of suitors keen on signing him, clubs who have greater finance and Champions League football to offer the former Anderlecht man.
Everton’s finances are healthier than they have been in a while but they have no chance of winning a bidding war for Lukaku should one break out. Rumours suggest Lukaku would be willing to consider a permanent move to Everton given how much he enjoyed his loan spell and the progress he made under Martinez’s guidance.
However, any edge Everton have because of that goodwill will quickly ebb away the moment finance is brought into the equation. Martinez has the opportunity to sign a hugely talented 21-year-old striker with genuine world-class potential. He needs to make his move before it is too late.
693 Posted 29/05/2014 at 23:45:52
818 Posted 30/05/2014 at 21:34:34
It was good while it lasted.
825 Posted 30/05/2014 at 21:59:26
030 Posted 01/06/2014 at 12:16:54
Chelsea won't sell him while they're using him as a spoiler against any potential opposition in either in the PL or the CL.
It's up to Lukaku, assuming he wants a proper career, to insist that he won't be loaned out again and will only accept a proper transfer if Chelsea don't want him.
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