According to a report from The Daily Mirror, Everton have turned down a £12 million bid from RB Leipzig for young sensation Ademola Lookman. The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at the Bundesliga outfit and impressed with five goals and four assists, with it clear that new manager Marco Silva would be mad to let the Englishman go on a permanent deal this summer.
But with Lookman himself reportedly ‘keen’ on moving from Goodison Park this summer, Everton should indeed sanction his departure, but only on the condition that it is a loan deal.
Ultimately, the 20-year-old made the move to Merseyside back in January 2017 amid much anticipation after a hugely impressive time at Charlton Athletic, and that sense of excitement rose immediately given he netted minutes into his debut against Manchester City.
However, the England Under-20 World Cup winner has been unable to build upon that success with just 23 further appearances for Everton, to the point that he himself instigated a loan move to Leipzig earlier this year, which turned out to be a great decision.
And that’s because the 20-year-old really proved his credentials with five goals and four assists in 11 appearances for the German outfit, thus suggesting that he may well be ready to finally command regular football at Everton.
Yet if new boss Silva doesn’t feel that he can get him into the side, instead of selling one of the brightest English stars in Lookman, he should instead let him go out on loan once again.
His spell at Leipzig last season, in one of Europe’s toughest leagues, has further underlined the immense amount of talent and potential the 20-year-old has, and as such what a huge asset he could be for Everton in the years to come – selling him this early in his development would surely be the wrong decision.
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However, another loan move at a club in which he enjoyed success last season, away from the spotlight in England, could be ideal for Lookman to continue his development towards the top player he can obviously become, ready to return to Everton and challenge for a first team spot in the near future.
So while the Toffees were right to reject a £12 million bid from Leipzig for the 20-year-old, they should sanction his departure on the condition that it is a loan deal, not a permanent one.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!