Lukaku: Club in England was really keen to buy me- but who was it?Published December 08, 2016
Romelu Lukaku has hinted that he came close to joining a rival Premier League club over the summer, before Ronald Koeman convinced him to remain at Goodison Park.
The Belgian forward seemed destined to leave Everton during the close season after yet another below-par campaign from the Toffees, and was the subject of repeated speculation over his future.
Manchester United, Juventus and former club Chelsea were all credited in an interest with the 23-year-old striker, and in an interview with Sport Voetbalmagazine, Lukaku revealed that one Premier League side in particular had come close to securing his services before the start of the season.
“I’m not going to lie. There was a specific club in England who was really keen to buy me,” he said.
“But Everton’s new staff made me understand they didn’t want me to leave. What can you do when that happens?”
Romelu Lukaku has misplaced 12 of the 15 passes he's attempted vs. Man Utd so far.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 4, 2016
20% pass accuracy. pic.twitter.com/A5ejkAHzRl
Deemed surplus to requirements at former club Chelsea back in 2014, the pacey attacker still harbours aspirations of winning the Premier League but will also not rule out a transfer to Italy, Spain or Germany at some point in the future.
He added: “That’s the trophy I want, that’s what I work for, to win that title.”
“I would not say no to Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 or the Bundesliga, but before such a move several conditions need to be met.
“First I need a coach to work with who believes in me as there is no point in signing for someone and then realise on the spot that the system is not designed for me.”
Lukaku has struck 68 goals in 141 appearances for the Merseysiders, becoming one of the top strikers in the league in the process.
He has three years left to run on his current deal with the club after signing a long-term contract back in 2014.