Manchester United will have to break the world transfer record again this summer in order to acquire the services of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgium international was the second highest scorer in the Premier League last term with 25 goals in 37 outings.
Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is eager to recruit a new centre-forward to his ranks in the summer with Zlatan Ibrahimovic still in the physio room while the likes of Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial could be shown the Old Trafford exit door.
Lukaku, who is in his fourth season at Everton, had been linked with a potential move to an elite European club last summer, but he opted to stay put at the Merseyside outfit with the promise that he would be allowed to leave for one of his preferred clubs.
Chelsea and Manchester United are said to be among the top names on the player’s wishlist and Mino Raiola has heightened the speculation suggesting that it would require a £100m fee in order to prise away the marksman from Goodison Park this summer.
“In two years’ time maybe £100million for a guy who makes (scores) 26 goals is a good deal,” Raiola told British radio station TalkSPORT. “The market will be ruled by the people who buy so if there is a club that needs Lukaku and thinks he is worth £100m, then Everton are right (to ask for that fee).
“Lukaku had a promise that if certain clubs came, that he could leave this summer.We are not in concrete talks with anybody at this moment, but hearing the market I think some clubs will contact Everton.”
The former Anderlecht graduate has shown vast improvement in each of his last four seasons in Merseyside, and he now appears keen on a fresh challenge after having snubbed a fresh contract beyond June 2019.
United boss Mourinho did not have a fond relationship with Lukaku while at former club Chelsea, but there is every possibility the issue could be resolved just as Juan Mata did earlier last season.