While Everton are spending their summer trying to add to the squad, getting rid of players is also on the agenda for Marcel Brands.
The Dutchman inherited a squad full of players he doesn’t want last summer and a year on, he still has to move most of those on.
One player who appears to be on that list, albeit a little surprisingly, is Ademola Lookman. The youngster is highly rated but has struggled to make an impact at Goodison Park and isn’t a part of manager Marco Silva’s plans.
RB Leipzig are keen on the player after his successful loan spell there the season before last and have spent most of this summer negotiating a price with Everton. This is all familiar territory given they tried to sign Lookman last summer as well.
Yesterday the Daily Mail reported that a fee had been agreed but that’s been rejected by their counterparts in Germany.
First, Bild covered the ongoing negotiations and stated that ‘both clubs are still far apart’ in their valuations. Everton want more than €20m for their player but that’s a fee that RB Leipzig aren’t willing to pay.
Indeed, Red Bull boss Oliver Mintzlaff heavily suggested they won’t pay over the odds with his comments, saying they will “buy players only at a reasonable rate”.
Kicker back up Bild’s information saying that the two clubs were still apart but Leipzig had presented an improved offer to Everton recently, although whether that was anywhere near what the Toffees want isn’t mentioned.
The Blues have no reason to sell until they get a price they want and, despite what the English press are saying, it seems Leipzig haven’t matched it yet.