Everton are unwilling to sell Romelu Lukaku in the summer despite the striker stating that he wants to play in the Champions League in the coming season. The 22-year-old has been among the league's best goal scorers this season with 18 goals, only third behind Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, but his form has not been translated to results in the pitch as the Toffees languish in the bottom half of the table.
The Mirror reports that Everton are willing to fend off a £50m ($72m) bid for the Belgian, with Manchester United among clubs interested in his signature. Lukaku's father recently came out in the open urging his son to make a move to either Bayern Munich or Manchester in the upcoming transfer window.
The report states that Lukaku had discussions with the management before the season that he would give them another year to make it to the top four but they have struggled and are currently in the 12th spot, 13 points off the top four. However, they have qualified for the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the management will be hoping that a trophy here would possibly prompt Lukaku to continue for another year at Goodison Park.
Paris Saint-Germain, who are set to let go of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, are also likely to be interested in signing the player and are more than capable of matching Everton's valuation, given their financial position. The Belgian scored the only goal in Belgium's 2-1 loss to Portugal in an international friendly and will be a massive asset for his country in the European Championships scheduled for later this year in France.
Should he perform well with Belgium, his valuation is likely to sky-rocket, making it very difficult for Everton to hold on to their star man. It is imperative for Roberto Martinez that he wins the FA Cup this season, failing which he may also be forced to let go of John Stones, who is being scouted by Manchester City and Chelsea.