As per a report from Everton insider Alan Myers this afternoon, there is absolutely no chance that Ademola Lookman will be departing Goodison Park for another club before the close of the transfer window.
Lookman, a gifted English U21 international, made the move to Goodison Park in January of last year for a fee that could eventually rise to £11 million.
However, following a difficult spell with the Toffees during which he managed just 4 Premier League starts over the space of 12 months, the pacy attacker was informed that he would be allowed to depart the club on loan this past January.
In the end, against the wishes of then-Everton boss Sam Allardyce, Lookman forced through a move to Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig, with the English tactician having subsequently explained:
‘It is one of the most unusual situations I’ve been in.’
‘We got some deals for him but he was adamant he chose Germany.’
Allardyce also went on to reveal that Everton tried to ‘persuade’ Lookman not to make a move that he felt as though would pose a ‘big challenge’ for the youngster’s development:
‘His stubbornness meant he got his own way. I hope he proves us all wrong.’
But Lookman since went on to do exactly that in proving the Everton hierarchy wrong, by lighting up the Bundesliga during his brief spell in Germany.
Across 11 league outings since January, the gifted winger racked up 5 goals and 4 assists, with RB Leipzig director of sport Ralf Rangnick, who recently took over manager duties at the Red Bull Arena, having confirmed last month that the club were keen to bring Lookman back to Germany for next season:
#Rangnick with a transfer update: “I think 3 more signings is realistic. We’re still in talks over @Alookman_ – we want him back and he wants to come. We’re also looking at something in central midfield, whether that’s a no. 6, 8 or 10.” #DieRotenBullen pic.twitter.com/TVK4KTCvCz
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) July 9, 2018
As such, rumours mounted in the German media over recent weeks that Lookman was close to sealing a return to the Red Bull Arena, with a fee of £20 million+ having been touted.
But, as per the aforementioned update from Alan Myers this afternoon, in a piece of news that will no doubt come as music to the ears of Everton’s fans, Lookman is in fact all set to remain at Goodison Park this summer, with the winger ‘a big part’ of Marco Silva’s plans moving forward:
100%, Ademola Lookman going nowhere, I’m told he is a big part of the plans, Everton have resisted huge interest in he youngster!
— Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) August 9, 2018