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Lukaku’s agent opens door to stay: “Something’s changed at Everton”

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The big, fresh investment at Everton could just keep Romelu Lukaku in blue and white.

It was less than a month ago that Lukaku’s words made him sound destined for the door, but Mino Raiola is the big Belgian’s agent, and he says Lukaku has been impressed by the direction at Everton.

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The club has a new manager in Ronald Koeman, the first big move with big pledging investor Farhad Moshiri.

From the BBC:

Mino Raiola told Belgian newspaper Sportwereld: “If he leaves, it’s has to be a good deal for all parties involved.

“Everton don’t need money anymore. Rom wants to play for a club that can win trophies. Something’s changed at Everton – there’s a new project”.

Even if Everton supporters aren’t hopeful of a Lukaku stay, Raiola’s comments on the club’s project should put confidence in their hearts. This is a major agent calling a club exciting, and that should train some interesting and talented eyes to Goodison Park.

Report: Chelsea bids for Napoli’s Higuain, told price is close to $100 million

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He’s one of the “ones that got away” from so many Premier League teams, and is back in the rumor mill with a new destination.

Gonzalo Higuain, 28, broke the Serie A scoring record for Napoli with 36 goals this season, and incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is said to want the Argentine in a different shade of blue next season.

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The fee? A whopping $95 million.

From Squawka:

Higuain is the preferred choice of incoming manager Antonio Conte to lead the line next season and the Blues hoped to agree a fee worth around £42m.

Chelsea are believed to have made an approach to Napoli in the last week and were told that the 28-year-old Argentine will cost £65m after a stunning campaign which ended with the No.9 breaking the Serie A goalscoring record with 36 for the season.

We’d love to see him plying his trade in the PL, though $33 million is a big difference in dough even for Chelsea. The player will be center stage at the Copa America Centenario this summer in a terrifying front line with Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero amongst others.

Everton’s Martinez comments on reports of Lukaku and Borussia Dortmund

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Romelu Lukaku‘s future at Everton is uncertain, and manager Roberto Martinez was forced to comment on it at his press conference on Tuesday.

With the Merseyside Derby looming on Wednesday, Martinez was asked whether reports linking Lukaku to Borussia Dortmund or other locations would distract his team.

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“The response is very clear,” Martinez said. “We are in our defining week of the season and if you think we are going to be distracted by any reports, you are mistaken. We are very much focused on what we’ve got in front of us. Romelu’s been having a really, really impressive season and it’s really important we keep up with those standards until the end.”


Fortunately for Martinez, it seems the questions came before the latest bit of gossip: that Lukaku has indeed been hanging out in Germany.

Mendes: Ronaldo set to play at Real Madrid for long, long time

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Forget Manchester United, Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain; Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing for Real Madrid, and he’ll be doing so until he’s nearing his 40th birthday.

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That’s the quote from Ronaldo’s super agent, Jorge Mendes, when quizzed about the future of his main client.

From BeIn Sports:

“He’s the best player of all time,” Mendes is quoted as telling Sky Sport, “I am sure that he will play the next four, five, six, seven years at Real Madrid. He will end his career there.

“He’s happy with ‘Los Blancos’. He’ll hang up his boots when he’s 40.”

Ronaldo’s no stranger to the transfer rumor mill, but the gossip magnate is also a hotelier and film producer.

Why leave Madrid, where he’s royalty? There are plenty of reasons, and Mendes is a man who’s job it is to keep his client’s names in the headlines. That said, perhaps all the talk of Ronaldo skipping town is bluster.