Date: 13th July 2019 at 8:30am
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Ademola Lookman has an uncertain future this summer and could be moved on from Everton after struggling for form and playing time in the last 12 months. The £23k-per-week forward has interest from RB Leipzig after impressing on loan in 2017/18 (11 appearances, five goals, four assists) and they don’t appear to be giving up. Despite rejecting offers around £20m in the past, Everton’s stance might be softening.

According to Phil McNulty of BBC Sport, Marcel Brands ‘would accept’ £25m for Lookman. The 21-year-old has scored just four goals in 48 appearances since joining from Charlton Athletic in January 2017 and may need to move away from Goodison Park to turn his career around. Lookman made 21 Premier League appearances without scoring last season and could find himself low down the pecking order under Marco Silva as a result.

It’s hard to see the England u21 international getting minutes ahead of Richarlison, Bernard and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in 2019/20, but selling him is a big call. Lookman was tipped for a bright future upon his arrival to Everton and the Merseysiders turned down lucrative offers in the past to keep him. A sell-on-fee or buy-back clause might be a good option to ensure Everton can get something out of Lookman if he is sold.

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