Earlier on Monday, we covered the news from Belgium that Romelu Lukaku was refusing to sign a new deal at Everton, despite his agent claiming the deal was 99.9999% done.
Of course, it doesn’t matter how close it is until pen has been put to paper, and that remains the Merseyside club’s problem.
Now Belgium’s undisputed number one under Roberto Martinez, his development is of great concern in his home country, and DH sat down to discuss what the best option was for the player.
After a brief debate, the consensus was fairly unanimous that Lukaku needed to leave Everton in the summer, with Alex Teklak voicing his concerns.
He said: “He has to leave in the summer. Everton remain a sub-top club, really. A good sub-top club. He needs a team that is capable of playing for him, that’s super important. He has to be a regular, and not be in a situation where he’s waiting for someone to get injured.”
A lot of rumours have recently sent the 23-year-old to Chelsea in the summer, yet with Diego Costa currently the starting striker at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard would have to leave for Lukaku to get the game time needed.
Considering the remaining three Champions League spaces in the Premier League are still up for grabs, it’s hard to guess who would be able to offer him the regular top European football Lukaku craves so dearly.
Then again, a move abroad is always a possibility, and with a potential high-profile striker merry-go-round in the summer, more options could open themselves to the Everton striker as the transfer window approaches.