Everton have Romelu Lukaku's brother Jordan to thank for £28m signing

Juventus fans

Jordan Lukaku's decision to not join Torino helped Everton grab hold of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea.

Everton broke ranks, and the bank, this summer to bring in Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea in a £28 million deal.

The Belgian immediately became the club's record signing by some margin, costing some £13 million more than his Belgian compatriot Marouane Fellaini.

But Everton had to fight off some serious competition to bring him in to the club. The likes of VfL Wolfsburg and Atletico Madrid were linked with his signature - as were Italian side Juventus.

Now his brother Jordan Lukaku has revealed just how close Everton came to missing out on their most expensive ever signing.

The younger Lukaku is currently at Oostende, who he joined from Anderlecht this year. But his impressive form in recent seasons almost saw him head to Italy, with Juventus' city rivals Torino.

He told Belgian paper Het Nieuwsblad:

"I spoke with the coach and the technical director and a contract was ready. But after six months of rehabilitation [from injury] and with a few extra pounds, I did not feel ready to take the plunge.

He then went on to suggest that his decision to turn down Torino was to the benefit of Everton, as he feels Romelu would have followed him to Turin:

"If I had signed in Torino, Romelu would perhaps not today be at Everton but Juve.

"It would have been nice to share an apartment in Italy with my brother. Living with Romelu would have been good for my development. He is a great pro who lives entirely for his sport. He is an example for me still to be more disciplined..."

So the next time Romelu Lukaku spanks one in for Everton, remember to be a little thankful to his baby brother for choosing to stay in Belgium and not head to Italy.

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