Romelu Lukaku may finally have his wish granted by Juventus this summer as they step up their interest in the Belgium international.
Lukaku has admitted he wants to leave the Toffees this summer after telling media he is itching to play in the Champions League and Lukaku’s father has even predicted his son will leave Everton this summer.
According to Corriere dello Sport Lukaku is part of Juventus’ secret plans this summer as they push to bolster their attack force with current striker Alvaro Morata likely to return to Real Madrid.
Speaking to Sky Sports in March, Lukaku said: ‘I will be 23 in the summer and I think it would be nice to play in the Champions League from next season. That is the next step for me.’
Lukaku could be set to end his two-year stay with the Merseyside club with the Serie A champions leading the chase for his signature.
Lukaku has been a key player for Everton in recent seasons and has helped them reach the FA cup semi-final. After arriving from Chelsea in 2014 for £28 million he has gone on to play 73 games scoring 28 goals.
Juventus are likely to be asked to pay an enormous fee for the Striker who has three years left on his contract, a fee of £30-40million could be demanded by the English club.
Lukaku recently admitted Juventus had tried to sign him four years ago and they remain interested for his signature.
“In the past, the days of West Bromwich (in 2012), I was a step away from Juventus, but (my agent) Mino Raiola told me in no uncertain terms that before such a move, I would have to be more consistent and aggressive on the field”
Juventus already have one of the best young forwards in Europe in Paulo Dybala. The Argentinian forward has been among the best in Europe in his debut season for Juventus scoring 19 goals in 34 appearances. We look at how he has compares with Lukaku this season. Dybala has been exceptional this season and has managed 0.70 goals per 90 minutes which puts him ahead of Lukaku who managed 0.51. Dybala also comes out on top with total shots managing 3.93 which is just ahead of Lukaku 3.35. Although Dybala comes out on top with total shots, Lukaku comes out on top with shot accuracy with 56% which is just ahead of Dybala who scores 55%. Dybala has proved he is not just a goalscorer this season after contributing 0.33 assists per 90 minutes with Lukaku once again behind on 0.17. Once again Dybala shows why he is one of Europe’s most exciting prospects managing to create 2.68 chances. Lukaku has been good for Everton this season and managed to create 1.45 chances. Both Striker’s are still very young and raw with both players having the attributes to become Europe’s best. Dybala who has had a prolific season scores 46.90 in total attack score with Lukaku also impressing on 31.22.
New Everton manager Ronald Koeman will be desperate to keep Lukaku at the club this summer but it is deemed very unlikely. Italian giants will be playing Champions League football next season and are close to competing with the worlds best clubs.
Lukaku is currently with Belgium at the Euros and it feels like an audition for the striker with European clubs circling the tournament. Lukaku is in good form for his country having scored four goals in his last five international friendlies.
The 23-year old will be aware a good tournament may increase his chances of a move away from Goodison Park this summer.
Borussia Dortmund have also been monitoring Lukaku but it looks likely the Italian giants will push ahead with the deal for the forward. PSG have kept track on his performances whilst formed club Chelsea are also keen to bring their former player back to Stamford Bridge.