Romelu Lukaku set to sign new deal at Everton

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Fresh from scoring four goals in the 6-3 win against Bournemouth last weekend, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku is ready to extend his stay at Goodison Park.

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Lukaku is still just 23 years old but he now leads the Premier League scoring charts with 16 this season and he has 136 goals in his career so far, that’s more than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney had scored when they were 23.

Remarkable.

Given his good form in recent weeks, Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola has spoken about his clients future and has revealed the Belgian striker is close to signing a new deal with the Toffees.

In an interview on talkSPORT, Raiola was crystal clear about Lukaku staying at Everton.

“There are no problems right now between the player and the club,” Raiola said. “Talks are ongoing. He will sign.”

That will be music to the ears of Ronald Koeman as the Everton manager has previously stated that he needs to hear Lukaku and his agent commit their future to his side. There you have it, Ron.

With Koeman previously saying that the bustling Belgian forward should also move on to the likes of Barcelona in the future, such is his potential, it seems like for the time being he will remain on Merseyside.

Lukaku has scored 78 goals in 152 appearances for Everton signing joining from Chelsea in 2013. He joined on a season-long loan initially and then signed permanently in the summer of 2014 for $35 million.

Right now, that seems like money very well spent as Lukaku is hitting some consistency in his game. That factor, or lack of it, has always been a big question mark against him and was one of the reasons Chelsea didn’t give him a chance to flourish in their setup.

At Everton there’s no doubting Lukaku is the main man and Koeman’s side play to his strengths with balls into the box and plenty of runners from midfield supporting him in attack.

This is a very wise decision from Lukaku and his agent to remain with Koeman at Everton for the next few years. A club of Barcelona’s caliber will always be the aim but Lukaku is only 23 and given the promise of plenty of investment in new players at Everton, he can achieve great things at Goodison before one day moving on.

Marseille making Olivier Giroud top transfer target this summer

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Marseille did well to bring in one star this season but could the French side have another trick up its sleeve this summer?

Sky Sports is reporting that the Ligue 1 club is preparing to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud over the summer and the sixth-place side is “willing to pay up to £20m (roughly $25 million).

Marseille made a splash this season when the club re-signed Dimitri Payet, who was playing with Premier League side West Ham at the time.

The team does boast several quality attacking options such as Payet and Bafetimbi Gomis, but Giroud could serve as an ideal target man in the Marseille attack.

Prior to joining the Gunners in 2012, Giroud starred for Montpellier and with a potential link-up in the attack with a creator like Payet, it could present a dangerous attacking threat to the rest of Ligue 1.

Giroud, 30, has scored 95 goals in all competitions since arriving in London with Arsenal.

Report: Chicharito talks heating up with Los Angeles FC

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We’ve seen MLS teams make major splashes in the past, and one of next year’s newcomers could be a really big draw if they can manage to seal the deal on a Mexican international.

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According to Metro New York, Los Angeles FC is continuing its talks with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez about a potential deal that would prove massive in terms of MLS spending.

While LAFC won’t debut in MLS until 2018, the club could potentially make the Mexico striker the highest-paid player in league history with an average salary of roughly $10 million.

The 28-year-old Hernandez currently plays in Germany with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, where he’s plied his trade since joining the club during the 2015/16 season.

Additionally, the former Manchester United man has dominated the international scene for El Tri, scoring 46 goals in 90 appearances for the CONCACAF nation.

Report: Bayern Munich scouted Walker, Alexis this weekend

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German publication Kicker says Bayern Munich technical director Michael Reschke attended both of this weekend’s FA Cup semifinals and had his eye on two players in particular.

Reschke apparently wants to bring players from both North London Derby rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to the Allianz Arena.

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In the case of Spurs, that man is right back Kyle Walker. The 26-year-old has also played right mid in 8 of his 35 matches for Tottenham this season, and was named in the PFA Team of the Year. It’s hard to believe Spurs would have interest in selling Walker, who would help fill the role of retiring Philipp Lahm.

On the other side is Alexis Sanchez, the embattled but electric Arsenal attacker who Arsene Wenger described as an “animal” and “always ready to kill the opponent” this weekend. Wenger says Sanchez isn’t going anywhere, but Bayern does boast Chilean teammate Arturo Vidal and former Barca mate Thiago Alcantara.

Walker is signed at Spurs through 2021, while Sanchez’s contract ends after next season.

Roma lands sporting director Monchi, a reported Arsenal target

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AS Roma has found its new sporting director, and it’s a man with a keen eye for talent.

Ramon “Monchi” Rodriguez Verdejo, 48, has spent the last 18 years as the sporting director at Sevilla, which won five UEFA Europa League titles under his watch.

Monchi was discussed in the media as a target for the same job at Arsenal and was a target for other Premier League clubs, but Roma sealed the deal with the former goalkeeper.

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He is considered to have a big role in discovering and developing Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas, and Dani Alves.

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