Former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner has said that Everton have received bids from Manchester United and Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku this summer.
And Mariner, speaking to ESPN, has confirmed that he spoke with Everton’s sporting director Steve Walsh, formerly of Leicester City, who confirmed that the Toffees had received offers for the striker.
“My mate is now the sporting director at Everton,” he said.
“I had a good chat with him and they’re going to spend a lot of money this summer. They feel as if it’s time they broke into that top four, it’s a big ask but that’s what Ronald Koeman and the staff want to do.
“They’ve had bids for Lukaku, mainly from Manchester United and Chelsea. It’s a lot of money, I personally wouldn’t be paying that sort of money.
“They think they can hold out for it but they’ve already added to the squad. It’s going to be very, very interesting to see if they improve and I think they will improve.”
The fact that Everton have demanded £90m for a player who hasn’t played one minute in the Champions League and only managed one goal against the top six last season is not just ludicrous; it’s actually enraging. I mean, how dare you – that is taking the p*ss.
Thankfully, Mourinho appears to be investing his money more wisely in pursuit of a striker, with Alvaro Morata – experienced at the very highest level both in Spain and on the European stage – seemingly edging closer to an Old Trafford move.