Everton wants mammoth fee for Lukaku
Everton wants mammoth fee for Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku might become the fifth most expensive signing in football history.

According to a report from The Mirror, despite Everton’s reluctance to sell Lukaku, they do have a price in mind secretly.

The Toffees believed to have slapped a sensational £65m price-tag on the striker.

Only Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Luis Suarez have been sold for more.

Manchester United are said to be interested in signing the Belgium international while Chelsea is eagerly waiting to welcome him at Stamford Bridge.

New Chelsea boss from next season Antonio Conte wants to make Lukaku his first major signing, with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy ready to offer £50m for the Belgian striker.

However, over the past few months, Manchester United also emerged as the firm favourite to sign the Belgian star. Everton even fear Lukaku will make a move to Manchester United this summer – even if Louis Van Gaal doesn’t get them into the Champions League next season.

Mourinho, expected to be appointed as United boss this summer, was criticised by everyone for giving green signal to Lukaku to leave Chelsea for a permanent deal in 2014 having previously loaned him out twice.

But recent turnarounds have suggested that there is no such problem between the two – Lukaku has even insisted publicly that there is no animosity – and United are desperate to secure his service.

European giants Paris St-Germain, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have also been linked in the recent past.

The 22-year-old has emerged as a shining light in an otherwise frustrating campaign for Everton, scoring 25 goals across all competitions this season including both in the 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over his former team Chelsea.

And with the Toffees not been able to satisfy his ultimate ambition of playing Champions League football next term, Lukaku seems ready to move on in the summer

But Everton are not likely to go their prized asset from Goodison Park without a fight.

They recently received a massive financial boost with the investment of Farhad Moshiri, the club’s new majority shareholder.

Lukaku signed for Everton permanently after an initial loan spell last summer, joining for a club-record fee of around £28m from Chelsea.