Back in August, Sky Sports reported that RB Leipzig had made an increased offer of £25 million for Everton winger Ademola Lookman.
What went down?
Lookman spent the second half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan with Leipzig, and he shone for the Bundesliga outfit in that time, racking up five goals and four assists in eleven league appearances for the German club.
The 21-year-old enjoyed far more game time with Leipzig than he was being given at Goodison Park and it was unsurprising that they wanted to make the switch a permanent one.
However, the Toffees remained steadfast in wanting to hang onto their talented England under-21 international, so no deal came to fruition.
What might have been?
Had Lookman returned to Leipzig, he would have almost certainly been a regular starter for the club.
So far this season though he has made plenty of appearances for Everton and has recently usurped Theo Walcott in Marco Silva’s starting XI.
Letting a relatively unproven youngster go for such a hefty fee in the summer would have been an easy thing for Everton to do, but the Merseyside club made the right call in rejecting Leipzig’s advances, and Lookman is now proving that.
Walcott’s form has been poor this season, but had Lookman been allowed to leave, Silva’s options for replacing the former Arsenal man would have been extremely limited. By turning down Leipzig’s offer, Everton maintained their squad depth, which has proved very useful, and also gave Lookman an opportunity to prove his worth in the Premier League.
The winger could now go on to star for the Toffees for years to come.
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