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Around the Everton web, including stories about Lukaku, Rooney, two U23 signings and a brave little boy that is losing his fight with cancer

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Even when “new Everton” sell a player, it’s exciting. Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, you know that Romelu Lukaku is on the precipice of leaving the Toffees and joining up with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United for an astronomical transfer fee.

That means it’s put up or shut up time for the Everton decision makers. Are they buyers or sellers? They have come close to spending the Lukaku transfer fee already. Will they continue to spend? Or is a balanced summer budget the number one priority?

In case you missed it

Romelu Lukaku will undergo Manchester United medical within hours
The Red Devils entered the picture very quickly.

United will break world record transfer fee for Lukaku
If one of the world's biggest clubs wants Everton's striker, then they are gonna have to pay a king's ransom.

Friday’s Bites

Manchester United to land Romelu Lukaku but Everton fuming - Daily Mail
We're calling BS on this one. It was widely reported that while Lukaku did, in fact, stay in Los Angeles on the day he was scheduled to arrive at Finch Farm, he had approval from Everton to do so. No story here.

Olivier Giroud discusses Everton move with Ronald Koeman - Metro News
The striker may be keen on a move, but wants to wait until the end of August to make a decision. What?

Brave cancer fighter Bradley Lowery is “no longer responsive“ - Liverpool Echo
The young Sunderland fan may be entering his final days in his battle with neuroblastoma.

The Fab 4 - GrandOldTeam
A really interesting look at how the young talented quartet of Barkley, Stones, Lukaku and Deulofeu fell apart at Everton

Rooney believes Everton move could help him win back his England place - Mirror
Uh, sure, Wayne. It will totally do that.

'Signings Show How Far We've Come' - EvertonFC.com
Leon Osman gives his take on Everton's business so far this summer

Everton loan prospect Anton Donkor says Blues return is right move - Liverpool Echo
Donker was a part of David Unsworth U23 team that won the PL2 last season. Now, he is looking to make the move a permanent one.

New Deal For Young Blues Defender - EvertonFC.com
More news from the U23s. Antonee pens a new deal that may make the 19-year-old into Everton's second-choice left back behind Leighton Baines if additional signings are not made this summer.

Most expensive Everton transfers ever

With the impending sale of Romelu Lukaku, it sounds like Everton will be getting the biggest player transfer sum in the history of world football. It’s a big deal. So, before the deal goes through, here are the top five most expensive transfers in Everton history, both bought and sold. (Source: ToffeeWeb)

Sold
John Stones - £47.5m - Manchester City
Marouane Fellaini - £27.5m - Manchester United
Jolean Lescott - £24m - Manchester City
Jack Rodwell - £12m - Manchester City
Gerard Deulofeu - £10.6m - Barcelona

Bought
Michael Keane - £30m - Burnley
Romelu Lukaku - £28m - Chelsea
Jordan Pickford - £25m - Sunderland
Davy Klaasen - £23.6m - Ajax
Yannick Bolasie - £22.5m - Crystal Palace

Did I miss anyone? Let me know in the comments.

What to Watch

CONCACAF Gold Cup: French Guiana vs. Canada, 7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 2
Honduras vs. Costa Rica, 9 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 2
Women’s friendly: France vs. Belgium, 3 p.m. ET, beIN

Thanks for your continued support of Royal Blue Mersey! Have a great weekend!