Romelu Lukaku is yet to commit his future to Everton despite talk from his agent that the deal is almost done.
The 23-year-old striker has been in scintillating form this season and bagged four goals in the 6-3 demolition of Bournemouth last week.
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Those strikes took Lukaku’s tally for the season to 16 goals, one more than Alexis Sanchez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diego Costa in the race for the Golden Boot.
The Belgium international has bagged an incredible 40.4% of all the Toffees goals this campaign, showing just how important the powerful forward is to Ronald Koeman’s side.
In comparison, the next best record belongs to Ross Barkley with just five goals this term.
Therefore it is understandable as to why Everton fans are getting anxious that a new deal for their star man is yet to be announced, despite reassurances in December that the extension was almost complete.
Back then, Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola claimed the deal was 99.9% done and news of a new contract would be announced in the new year.
“With Everton, we have 99.9 per cent reached terms,” Raiola told Talksport.
“We are talking to the club in a good spirit so we are very hopeful.
“There are no problems on the way that I foresee.
“I don’t see any big problems. It is a question of putting the details on the paper.”
With six weeks gone since the interview and still no news, it seems there has been an unexpected stumbling block in negotiations over a new deal.
Lukaku has been linked with a whole host of top clubs across the Premier League and Europe, particularly his former club, Chelsea.
The striker left Stamford Bridge for Goodison Park in a £28 million deal three years ago but has publicly confessed his love for the London club on more than one occasion.
With rumours still murmuring regarding a potential move to China for Diego Costa, Blues manger Antonio Conte could well see Lukaku as the perfect replacement for the combative, target man role in his starting XI.
Toffees fans will hope that isn’t the case, though, and that their number nine will stay at Goodison Park for many more years to come.