Raiola reasserts that Lukaku will sign new Everton deal

Monday 27 February 2017  39 Comments  [Jump to last]
Mino Raiola says with "99.9999%" certainty that Romelu Lukaku will extend his contract with Everton but the door also remains open to him leaving even if he does put pen to paper on new terms.

The Belgian's agent has been insistent that his client has agreed to a new deal but the paperwork has not yet been signed.

Lukaku's current contract is up in 2019 and Everton are keen to secure an extension on increased wages that would likely make him the highest-paid player in the club's history.

“That is sure is the intention – I am 99.9999% sure he will sign," Raiola told talkSPORT today.

"In football, contracts are not there to be gone to the end sometimes. But then there is always a three-party deal then.

"If everyone thinks it is better to move on, then that will be done at that moment. But for this moment, we are signing a contract with Everton.”  

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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 27/02/2017 at 19:52:27
I can only think the wrangling is over a release fee. Contracts are so complicated these days that both sides will be trying to bury things in the small print.

From Everton's point of view, if we give him the wage increase to what he'd earn at a top club (of which he could easily join if a free agent), then it reduces the amount of clubs who could buy him.

We also need to try to show commitment to match his ambition by showing ambition of our own. Perhaps Rom's ambition can fire our own to act now and deliver a great season next year.

Oscar Huglin
2 Posted 27/02/2017 at 19:58:06
Just get it done...
Karl Jones
3 Posted 27/02/2017 at 20:15:51
Its his way out of Everton via a release clause for say £80 Million. Everton then can't refuse to sell him as long as the fee is agreed, and includes a big wedge to Raiola.

We'd be better off leaving things as they are and selling him in the summer on our terms, as he'll be gone either way and his stock will be sky high.

Ray Roche
4 Posted 27/02/2017 at 20:29:48
Albert Steptoe's just scored against the RS.
John Malone
5 Posted 27/02/2017 at 20:33:26
Haha... get in! I like the Steptoe shout!

Does anyone know why Sky are live from Everton tomorrow??

Is it the Lukaku new deal announcement??

Jason Barker
6 Posted 27/02/2017 at 20:44:53
We need to get this over the line and then show him that we match his ambition by blowing the bank on a world class, midfield maestro capable of providing him with the service he craves. We have plenty of potential in the ranks already, but we can't wait for these guys to develop, we need to deliver now or else he'll be off.

I know some will say "Well if he doesn't want to stay then he can do one" but the problem is, who the hell do we replace him with?

Brent Stephens
7 Posted 27/02/2017 at 20:47:38
And a cracker from Drinkwater.
Colin Glassar
8 Posted 27/02/2017 at 21:19:33
Why don't the cameras focus on Klopp when the RedShite concede? Strange, that, as they love his clowning around on the touchline like some mental ballerina.
Jimmy Hogg
9 Posted 27/02/2017 at 21:22:09
This guy talks total crap.

He's just alerting other clubs, they need to grease his palms now or the price will go up.

John Malone
11 Posted 27/02/2017 at 21:48:21
Jason 6, I agree 100% modern football is all about now there is no loyalty anymore so you have to act fast!

Barkley has improved but imagine if we had an Erikssen or Coutinho type player playing pinpoint balls in front of Rom!!

Also while we are talking new faces I think the lad Niang from AC Milan would make a cracking foil for Lukaku big strong fast can use both feet, the two of them would be a real handful!

Eugene Ruane
12 Posted 27/02/2017 at 21:53:02
Colin # 8 - 'Why don't the cameras focus on Klopp when the RedShite concede?'

No point, he's 'the normal one' so all you'd see are dead normal facial expressions




Colin Glassar
13 Posted 27/02/2017 at 21:55:27
Klopp for the chop?
Kev Stanton
14 Posted 27/02/2017 at 21:58:53
I really would like us to get Vardy at the end of the season as backup or play up front with Rom...
Seamus McCrudden
15 Posted 27/02/2017 at 22:01:17
After we do them at Anfield?
Eugene Ruane
17 Posted 27/02/2017 at 22:08:50
Didn't see their game, the write-up on the online Guardian thing not very flattering though (the 'normal one' will be gurning his grid into a right fucking mess).

A brilliant performance from Leicester, who did what they used to do, which they have started doing again. From the off, they harried and hassled Liverpool, but most importantly of all, they played to their strengths, namely the pace of Jamie Vardy. He's had barely any service this season, but tonight they hit him as early as they could as often as they could, and he responded with two expertly taken finishes, sandwiching a finish for the ages from Danny Drinkwater. They move up to 15th in the table and will surely now survive. The least said about Liverpool the better - they were sluggish, predictable and disorganised, so stay 5th, a point behind Arsenal and a point ahead of Manchester United, both of whom have played a game less.

Eugene Ruane
18 Posted 27/02/2017 at 22:12:42
Champions of England 3.
Champions of October 1.
Nigel Munford
19 Posted 27/02/2017 at 22:15:47
I did say a few weeks ago that we would pass the RS on our way up as they plummet like a stone. Colin, I'd wait on Klopp going until seasons end, while he's there they are having big problems, and that's the way I'd like him to stay.
Brent Stephens
20 Posted 27/02/2017 at 22:16:15
Carragher struggling to say anything.
"Champions of October". Excellent!
Nigel Munford
21 Posted 27/02/2017 at 22:16:59
Brent, would that be Octoberfest?
Brent Stephens
23 Posted 27/02/2017 at 22:20:23
I'll drink to that, Nigel.
Nigel Munford
24 Posted 27/02/2017 at 22:24:38
Drei große Bier und Schnaps und Apfel
Brent Stephens
25 Posted 27/02/2017 at 22:27:37
Yer ded rite der, Nige, lad.
Brian Williams
28 Posted 27/02/2017 at 22:55:38
To get back to the subject, parasites like Raiola piss me right off.

"We are signing a contract with Everton."

When can we expect to see Raiola put the ball in the back of the net then? Fucking "we?"

Nick Armitage
29 Posted 27/02/2017 at 23:08:57
Hope the small print makes Lukaku run.
Patrick Murphy
30 Posted 27/02/2017 at 23:10:15
Brian (#28),

So true some of these agents behave as if they own the player rather than represent them. I also noticed a few caveats in his statement, which leaves the door open for the agent to make a few more bob if he decides to persuade the player to move on elsewhere.

Paul Mackie
31 Posted 27/02/2017 at 23:28:19
Did you not see him run a fair way to score his goal on Saturday, Nick?
Alex Parr
35 Posted 28/02/2017 at 07:44:29
Interesting watching on Sky Sports News this morning. Live from Finch Farm and some good publicity for EitC so far. Interview with Tom Davies too. Makes a change from being ignored generally by the media.

Suggestions of a 'financial announcement' later, Elstone and Koeman being mentioned as giving interviews plus input from Duncan and Sharpie at 0830. Also briefly paid tribute to Alex Young RIP.

I'm on nights so have to go to bed shortly but it would be nice to see some updates or a thread as they're suggesting it's got live segments throughout the day.

Gary Russell
36 Posted 28/02/2017 at 08:55:32
I would not say No to going after Danny Drinkwater. He has great vision and would go some way to adding the guile we need.
Dave Abrahams
37 Posted 28/02/2017 at 09:20:57
John (5) there were rumours circulating yesterday that a statement announcing Lukaku's new contract was delayed because of the news of Alex Young's passing.
Patrick Murphy
39 Posted 28/02/2017 at 09:53:09
For those that don't have Sky, below is a link to its live blog which includes live updates as Sky Sports News HQ spends the day with Everton at their Finch Farm training complex.

Everton SSN

Brian Hennessy
40 Posted 28/02/2017 at 09:58:42
Thanks for the link Patrick
This comment from RK jumped out at me


Very, very interesting stuff from the Everton boss on Wayne Rooney...

"I still think Wayne Rooney is playing at a high level and he made a good choice staying at Manchester United and in the Premier League.

"He still has two or three years in front of him to play at the highest level. What will happen at the end of the season, I do not know? In my opinion he's one of the players who can make Everton stronger than they are now.

"It's all about what the players likes, what Manchester United need to do and we are not involved in that project. Every player who we feel can make the team stronger is welcome at Everton."

Gary Russell
41 Posted 28/02/2017 at 10:00:17
I'm watching live from east Asia. Noticeable the presenter said Finch Farm. I thought it was USM... et cetera


Michael Coffey
42 Posted 28/02/2017 at 10:26:07
The whole Lukaku panto reminds me of George Mikes' comparison of the Hungarians and the English: the former tend to leave without saying goodbye, and the latter say goodbye but never actually leave.
Joe O'Brien
44 Posted 28/02/2017 at 14:44:46
Massive coverage behind the scenes at Everton today on Sky... it's a good watch... I wonder did the close relationship between Moshiri and Jim White have anything to do with this being aired? It's great publicity for the club.
Phil Walling
45 Posted 28/02/2017 at 15:35:45
Lovely to see so much exposure on Sky today! One of my RS neighbours - and there are plenty of them in Cyprus – said to me at lunchtime, 'Fecking Sky, it's all Everton today. That fecking gobshite, Callaghan's even wearing the shirt!'

Love it!

Paul Conway
46 Posted 28/02/2017 at 15:50:29
Patrick @39, thanks for the link. I scrolled down and it made my head spin.

You can see all the positives. We are on the ascent and there's no going back!

Onwards and upwards! COYB!

Ian Hollingworth
47 Posted 28/02/2017 at 16:04:16
Christ, the Sky coverage is amazing today. Things really are improving behind the scenes.

Carra in Everton gear will be driving the RS mad... hehe!

Tony Rio
48 Posted 28/02/2017 at 18:10:30
Fed up listening to agents. Saying he's 99% signed is just another way for his agent to say "He's not signed yet folks, come and talk to me while you still may get him cheaper". By the way, I'm not suggesting Rom us thinking like that, but let's face it, this is what agents do.

The most successful agents are the ones who have their clients move all the time. They are not, and never will be, working for the all round good of their client.

Rom will sign despite his agent not because of him. The agent may think he's got Rom the best deal possible, but the truth is, Everton will pay the best they can.

We have always throughout our history done the right thing for players. Look how many ex players now call themselves Evertonians and only ever talk in the highest regards about us. I was listening to an interview with Wayne Clarke, and he was saying he's an Evertonian, he supports only us he grew up a massive fan if another club, played for a few years for us etc!

If Rom doesn't sign, it's not the end of the world. We'll still get top dollar and move on. May pay for Aguero!!

Chris James
49 Posted 28/02/2017 at 18:23:14
Pretty obviously this lowlife agent is trying to send signals to the wider world and flush out any interest. Otherwise why keep repeating the same thing?

If he just wanted to sign the deal, he'd sign the deal and move on. Obviously the agents don't get as much cash then though.

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