By Matt Jones
Romelu Lukaku’s new contract with Everton is on the brink of being finalised, according to his agent Mino Raiola.
Raiola was speaking to Jim White on Monday and was asked whether the Belgium international was to sign fresh terms. “Yes” was the agent’s response, before he added the deal is “99.99999999” per cent completed.
“We are signing a longer contract, so that is for sure the intention [to stay],” Raiola continued. “In football, contracts are not there to be going until the end sometimes, but there is always two parties in the deal. If everybody thinks it is better to move on, then that will be done at that moment. But for this moment, he is signing a contract with Everton.”
While a subsequent post on Twitter from White suggested the contract was signed, according to the Liverpool Echo “a spokesman for the Blues confirmed this was incorrect” and that Lukaku had yet to put pen to paper.
Nevertheless, the news is positive for Evertonians, as Lukaku is enjoying a tremendous season.
He’s netted 17 times in Premier League already this term and is the division’s joint-top scorer alongside Tottenham Hotspur man Harry Kane and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.
Lukaku found the back of the net once again on Saturday in the 2-0 win over Sunderland, his 60th for the club in English football’s top flight in just 129 games. It was a strike that makes the forward Everton’s joint-highest goalscorer of the Premier League ear alongside Duncan Ferguson.
The 23-year-old has frequently been linked with a move away from Goodison Park, with former club Chelsea said to be admirers. His current contract is set to expire in 2019.