Everton brace themselves for another Lukaku-defending window
With the January transfer window looming nearer and nearer, Everton fans must be readying themselves for the latest edition of Romelu Lukaku – Will he stay or will he go?
The Belgian was hotly tipped to leave Goodison Park in the summer, but Ronald Koeman’s arrival and subsequent strong start to the Premier League campaign ensured the striker stayed put.
But with the Toffees now on a run of one league win in six, Everton could be set to come under pressure yet again in an effort to keep hold of their star man.
Chelsea were put off by a £70m demand from the Merseysiders, but now it’s PSG who look set to test Everton’s resolve.
Having lost Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer, plus the departure of Laurent Blanc, the French giants are failing to replicate their recent dominance in Ligue 1.
After waltzing to the title by a mammoth 31 points last term, Les Parisiens find themselves third this time around, with Monaco and Nice launching impressive title bids.
That enhanced competition may just tempt the French capital side into a January bid for Lukaku.
Again, Everton are unlikely to sell for under £70m, but of course Lukaku would be eligible to play in the Champions League latter stages, so he may prove doubly rewarding in the second half of the season.
With Javier Pastore and Angel di Maria ready and waiting to supply and support the Belgian, Lukaku could be unstoppable should he make the move across the Channel.
Everton will do their chances of retaining their prize asset no harm though, if they can turn their stuttering Premier League form around.
The Toffees will resume domestic duty after the international break by welcoming relegation-embattled Swansea to Goodison Park.
The bookies make it 4/7 that Everton end their recent woes with three points.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing