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RB Leipzig are back (again) for Ademola Lookman

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Ademola Lookman has not had the happiest of times at Everton. Pushed aside by Sam Allardyce, he went to RB Leipzig on loan where he proved to be an instant hit. So much so that they made three bids for the youngster last summer, with the Toffees repelling each one of those.

Marco Silva has made it very clear that he wants Lookman at the Blues and that he has the talent to make it in the Premier League. However, Silva’s words have not been matched by the playing time he’s given the 21-year-old. In fact, it appears that the Portuguese manager is displeased by what he’s seen from Lookman in training, and that is probably why he’s gotten the least minutes out of the four wingers the Blues have.

Now it appears Leipzig are back, and are offering even more than the £20 million valuation they had initially been quoted. The Daily Mail report says the German side have made a £22.5m offer, £18m upfront with another £4.5m in performance-related add-ons. Everton had paid £11m to Charlton Athletic for the youngster back in January 2017, with the youngster marking a dream debut with a goal in a 4-0 hiding handed to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side at Goodison Park.

The youngster has appeared to be at his best when coming on as an impact sub. Indeed, the best of his numbers came from being used in that way by RB Leipzig, with him making six starting lineups and coming on a further 18 times for the Blues last season. He ended the season with just one goal and two assists.

Earlier this season Crystal Palace and Southampton were also linked with the player, while Leipzig stayed surprisingly quiet in January. With the Blues now being linked with Malcom as well, this could be the writing on the wall for Lookman at Everton.