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Romelu Lukaku future latest: Is agent pushing for Roma move?

Reports linking striker with move to Serie A

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When Romelu Lukaku appointed Mino Raiola as his new agent earlier this year Evertoninan suspicions were immediately raised.

Raiola has a reputation for regularly moving his clients, who include Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli, between clubs in big money deals.

As soon as Raiola took charge of Lukaku's affairs he opened his big mouth, saying he would never have let the striker join Everton had he been his agent last summer.

It is no surprise then that the Belgian striker has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park this summer. The destination of his rumoured next club is something of a eye-opener though.

Football-Italia is claiming that Serie A side Roma are "closing in" on the 22-year-old, who according to the Italian media has "one foot in Trigoria".

This rumour has Riaola's mucky pawprints all over it. It seems he is hawking Lukaku across Europe in an attempt to secure a big-money move (and a hefty pay-day for himself).

The reality is though that Lukaku has four-years left on his contract and Everton will be very unwilling sellers. After scoring 20 goals last season the club would be looking for a substantial profit on the £28million they paid last summer.

That would put Lukaku in the £30-40million bracket, a figure surely beyond Roma and most Italian clubs bar perhaps champions Juventus.

Indeed only a few elite sides could afford such a fee and none look to be interested at this present time. While Lukaku's silence on the matter doesn't fill me with complete confidence, it also appears he is not actively pushing for a move either.

Expect more rumours to emerge over the summer as Raiola plays both the media and opposition clubs in an attempt to secure a mega payday. Whether he gets one though is very much up in the air.