According to GianlucaDiMarzio, Juventus are giving up on signing Everton’s Romelu Lukaku for the time being due to the financial cost of a potential switch to Turin.
The report claims that Everton’s asking price and the player’s likely wage demands will be too much for Juventus at present, although talks may commence in the future.
Lukaku joined the Toffees for a club record transfer fee in the summer of 2014 following a successful season-long loan deal at Goodison Park.
Despite not reaching his best form in his debut campaign as a permanent Everton player, this season he has gone beyond what was expected of him by putting in a succession of dominant displays.
The 22-year-old has scored 18 goals and added a further six assists in 29 league appearances this season, thus becoming the all-time top Belgian goal-scorer in Premier League history.
But in spite of Lukaku’s superb record in front of goal, Everton sit in the bottom half of the table and a player of his standards is most certainly good enough for top European football.
Speculation has been mounting over his future, and the striker himself recently suggested that he was ready to be playing Champions League football which could prompt a move away from Merseyside.
Juventus are no doubt one of a few top clubs tracking his services, but Everton will not sell for cheap and the recent majority shareholder takeover by Farhad Moshiri may make signing him all the more difficult.