If Chelsea fo finally decide to let Romelu Lukaka leave the club this summer, then Everton were always going to be in with a very good chance of being able to attract the Belgium International striker to Goodison Park.
Romelu Lukaka scores against Newcastle last season
One reason for that is that is he had an excellent stint on loan at the Toffees last season, when the 6’3″ striker scored 16 goals in just 33 appearances and helped Everton finish in 5th place, 7 points behind 4th placed Arsenal.
And news today that Everton are readying a £20M bid for Romelu, and that could well become a successful bid. for the young striker.
Which brings us to Newcastle, who need at least one top proven goalscorer brought in before the end of August, and preferably two strikers to make up for the loss of Loic Remy, Luuk de Jong and Shola Ameobi, who all left in the summer – and we have since brought Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere to Tyneside.
But we would find it hard to believe that Mike Ashley would bid £20M, even for a young and established Premier League goalscorer like this Belgium youngster – who only turned 21 in May and surely has a great career ahead of him.
But that’s what it will take for Newcastle to be able to challenge in the transfer market to get Lukaka on Tyneside.
In Premier League games for Chelsea, West Brom and Everton, Romelu has played 86 games and scored 32 goals – so he can do the job in the Premier League.
But we just cannot see Mike Ashley bidding anywhere near £20M for Lukaka, which is why we think the chances of him arriving at Newcastle are minimal – at best.
We wish we were wrong on this, but Mike Ashley will likely go after cheaper options than Lukaka this summer.
What do you think?
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