So Romelu Lukaku could be set for an Everton exit this summer after refusing to sign a new contract at Goodison Park.
Several media outlets have claimed that the Belgian striker has turned down a £130,000-a-week deal, putting a number of clubs on red alert.
The Toffees, according to The Sun, could demand around £70million for their prized asset, knowing that the figure could put some clubs off the Belgium international’s scent.
Arsenal were previously linked with a move for Lukaku, when he was at Anderlecht before joining Chelsea and a couple of years ago, but nothing transpired.
Many see Lukaku as one of the finest strikers in the Premier League, as well as Europe, and his record speaks for itself. In 156 appearances in all competitions for Everton, the physical forward has found the net 81 times to date – so just under every other game, this guy is banging a goal in which is impressive, especially when you consider he is playing for Everton (no disrespect intended) Just imagine what he could do with more creative players around him?
Lukaku has made no secret about his intentions to take his game to the next level and play for a club in the Champions League, which puts the Gunners in a good position to land him.
Arsenal may be in the market for a striker this summer, but many may believe that Arsene Wenger (if in charge next season) will only seek one if Alexis Sanchez departs. Even if the Chilean doesn’t quit Arsenal this summer, the club should attempt to lure Lukaku to the Emirates. He would be a brilliant addition to the squad. His aerial ability, strength, powerful runs forward and eye for goal could get Arsenal to the next level that Wenger mentioned last week. Lukaku also has a wealth of Premier League experience under his belt and is still only 23 – he can only get better.
The reported £70million asking-price could prove a stumbling block, but his wage demand wouldn’t. Arsenal need to splash the cash on this guy as he is a superior upgrade to what we currently have at Arsenal (Olivier Giroud comes to mind) and would flourish playing with the likes of Mesut Ozil (if he stays), Danny Welbeck and Sanchez (if he stays).
I would hate to see Lukaku leave Everton for a rival club in the Premier League or a European giant without putting up a fight to sign him ourselves.