Everton are prepared to take a John Stones-style stance on Chelsea’s interest in Romelu Lukaku, with boss Ronaldo Koeman prepared to turn down all bids for the Belgian striker, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
On Monday, reports said the Toffees were confident that the Belgium international would start the new Premier League season at Goodison Park, which starts with an home encounter against Tottenham on August 13, unless their £75 million valuation was met.
However, the Times later claimed Chelsea believe they can re-sign their former player for less and have warned Everton that, if their next approach is rejected, there will not be another. Further negotiations were due to take place and the final bid was expected to be Loic Remy plus £65 million, after seeing a bid of £57 million rejected last week.
Now, the Toffees seem willing to reject any offer for the Belgium international. The report even claims that they have opened talks about extending his contract, which has three years to run.
Everton are also still refusing bids for John Stones, who was reportedly close to joining Chelsea last summer and Manchester City this summer. However, the Citizens haven’t come back with an improved bid for the centre-back, who’s valued at £50 million by the Toffees.
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