Expected to be one of the first out of the door at Goodison Park, Romelu Lukaku is still an Everton player, even if that could easily change over the coming weeks.
Already signing Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and Henry Onyekuru, the Toffees are also on the lookout for the Belgian’s replacement, and a new name has apparently emerged from Italy in Luis Muriel.
The Sampdoria striker, who scored 13 goals and picked up nine assists in 33 appearances in all competitions last year, has a release clause of €28m in his deal with the Serie A club, and TuttoMercatoWeb in Italy believe Everton are prepared to pay it.
Before this came out, the Colombian striker appeared to be close to a move to Sevilla, with the Spanish side reported to have bid around €24m for him, but now the Toffees have apparently stuck a spanner in the works with their interest.
TuttoMercatoWeb explain Ronald Koeman’s side are prepared to meet the release clause and pay it over a three year period (so just under €9.5m a year).
Contacts are already said to have taken place between the two clubs, and the Italian website seem to urge the La Liga side to get a move on if they don’t want to see their target slip through their fingers.
Whether this is just agent games to try and get a deal done faster, we don’t know, but we’ll get a clearer picture depending on how things develop (or don’t) in the coming days.