In a break from all the bad news this offseason with regards to the future of Romelu Lukaku departing Everton for bigger clubs it looks like his agent, Mino Raiola, has put some reality - and hope - into the rumors.
When asked about interest from other clubs he conceded that a move would need to be right for all parties including Everton. He also admitted that Everton are no longer money starved and will not sell to the first bid they receive.
He also confirmed that currently no team in Serie A could afford him at this time and with teams like Bayern Munich and PSG currently employing strikers it seems unlikely they would jump this offseason even though the agent would love their interest.
It’s really down to just a handful of teams with huge pockets that would be of interest to Lukaku and now the question is can those teams make a large enough bid to draw Everton into a deal.
Another aspect that Raiola addressed was the hiring of new manager Ronald Koeman. Speaking to Sportwereld, Raiola said:
"Everton don't need the money anymore but Romelu wants to play for a club that can win trophies. [However] something's changed at Everton. There's a new project. If he leaves, it has to be a good deal for all parties."
It’s unclear what Lukaku thinks of the new manager, but based on those comments and the statement of Everton’s finances perhaps they realize his best short term future maybe another season with Everton and a better finish than the 2015/2016 season. Though If Everton can’t make European football once more then surely Lukaku would be on his way.