Premier League clubs are expected to spend obscene dollar figures in the upcoming transfer window, with many thanks to a brand new television revenue contract set to begin this summer.
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Global superstars are almost certainly on their way to the English shores in the coming weeks and months. Even so, the PL could be about to lose one of its brightest young stars, 23-year-0ld Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, with the big Belgian indicating in recent days he may be ready for a bigger challenge at this point of his career — quotes from the Express:
Speaking about his future, Lukaku said: “In my mind I’ve already taken a decision about my future. We will see.”
And when asked more specifically about re-joining the Blues, he said: “I keep it for me. A lot of clubs are interested, some of which are already very concrete for five years.”
Lukaku’s father, Roger, has already suggested where his son should end up in the summer.
“Right now, I think the most suitable clubs for him are Bayern Munich or Manchester United,” he told Belgian magazine Humo.
“Especially Bayern as the club every year are at least in the semifinals of the Champions League and the Bundesliga suits him perfectly.”
Lukaku’s decision could be anything from “I’m leaving Everton,” to “I’m staying at Everton,” to “I’ll stay at Everton, but only if they give me a new contract, and this is me seizing negotiation power.”
Of course, neither player nor club are likely to enact a final decision prior to a new manager being named ahead of the 2016-17 season. Roberto Martinez was fired nearly two weeks ago. High atop the new boss’s list of priorities: convincing Lukaku, the scorer of 43 league goals in three seasons, and prized center back John Stones to spend at least one more season at Goodison Park.
Of course, both players are but a few standout showings at the 2016 European Championship away from the likes of Bayern, Man United, Chelsea and Real Madrid calling with offers to which the club — or players — couldn’t possibly say no.