Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

SNAPPED: Romelu Lukaku's agent Mino Raiola at Manchester United team hotel

SNAPPED: Romelu Lukaku's agent Mino Raiola at Manchester United team hotel

Daily Telegraph reports that Chelsea are eager to sign Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley amidst their standoff over a new deal.

The 23-year-old playmaker will enter the last 12 months of his deal once the season draws to a close, and the 53-year-old called on his Blues star to sign a contract extension with the club - or risk being sold.

Koeman has often been quite forthright in talking about players' contract situations.

Lukaku has spoken regularly about wanting to play in the Champions League and as the Premier League's joint top scorer with 19 goals this season he will attract the interest of Europe's top clubs in the summer.

Koeman said he would not drop Lukaku for Saturday's match at home to Hull City.

Despite Chelsea and Manchester United being alerted by news of the £65m-rated striker's potential availability, Everton are hopeful of renewing talks over a new contract and will do their best to persuade him to change his mind.

The powerful striker also said he knew of players Everton could have signed, but opted not to, as he questioned the club's ambition.

"If Everton don't get into the top four next season, then yes you can see him moving on then". That's what I know from the board. If Everton is not a club with a lot of ambition I would not be manager. At the end of the day, the big aim in football is to win as many titles as you can. I don't want to go into details on that but you just follow the path that is in front of you. "There is no need to take him out of the team".

"I think the player needs to understand this. Every Premier League game is hard".

It makes matters much easier that United would need only conduct business with one agent in case they decide to hunt Lukaku as an Ibrahimovic replacement, and BBC Sport's Simon Stone reported the LA Galaxy want the Swede. 'But to do that, you need the platform to show yourself.

"I think it is impossible to do this in one transfer window, in one season".

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