English Premier League giants Arsenal have reportedly confirmed a deal to sign Everton and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku. However, the reported term is a personal agreement between the club and the player and the Gunners will make an official bid for him this summer.
Emanuele Giulianelli, Italian football journalist confirmed the news on Twitter. Giulianelli’s tweet also mentioned that Arsenal were able to leapfrog Chelsea in Lukaku’s signature.
Despite Chelsea pressing, Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Lukaku. An offer will be submitted.
— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) June 24, 2016
Romelu Lukaku is one of the most sought-after strikers in world football today. The Belgian made 36 appearances for Everton last season in the Premier League in which he scored 18 goals. He has made a total of 6 assists for his club and is rated at 7.16 by WhoScored.com.
The 23-year-old is also performing well at the ongoing Euro 2016 in France. Except for his match against Italy, the striker has fared well in the tournament. Lukaku has made 3 appearances for Belgium in France and has 2 goals under his belt already. With Belgium making past the group stages, one would expect him to bag a few more in the tournament.
Jake Cohen, sports lawyer and writer recently provided his own view on Twitter as to why Arsenal’s other target, Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid fell behind Lukaku in the transfer chase.
Why Lukaku over Morata?
Only Sergio Aguero has scored more PL goals than Lukaku (who only turned 23 in May) over the past four seasons.
— Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) June 21, 2016
Arsenal are in need of a world-class goal threat upfront. Two of their current strikers, Oliver Giroud and Theo Walcott have failed to guide them to a Premier League title. Although Giroud could be considered as a good striker, he is not in the level to be called world-class. This is where Lukaku could come in and make the Gunners a serious threat for the Premier League title.
However, there are other reports which are suggesting that Everton will like to hang on to their superstar striker. An unnamed internal source at Goodsion Park has revealed that Everton are willing to fight for Lukaku and they believe that the Belgian could be persuaded to stay, as reported by Daily Star.
This could only mean one thing; Arsenal has to shell out a lot of money for the striker. But, Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger will know the quality Lukaku possesses and hence could pay over the odds for him.