Romelu Lukaku not worth Everton asking price yet, says Michael Owen

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The Belgian striker looks set to leave Everton this summer.

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Romelu Lukaku could have a busy summer on his hands. The Everton striker looks all set to lead the line for Belgium at the European Championships, which start in France tomorrow evening.

Meanwhile his future at Everton remains unclear.

It is looking increasingly likely that Lukaku’s time at Goodison Park is up and plenty of the biggest clubs in Europe are said to be keen on the player.

Everton's Romelu LukakuEverton's Romelu Lukaku

But former Liverpool striker and boyhood Evertonian Michael Owen does not yet feel that Lukaku is in fact world class.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard he stated of Lukaku:

“I don’t think he is a £60million centre-forward yet despite that price being thrown about in the media. He is very good and still has improvement in him.

“His all-round game is not that of a Luis Suarez or a Karim Benzema who play at the very top teams.”

But he continued to suggest success at this tournament could get him nearer to that category:

“If he is angling for a move from Everton, I can’t imagine him knocking Robert Lewandowski out of the Bayern Munich team or Sergio Aguero out of Manchester City.

Television pundit and former footballer Michael Owen speaks at 'England - The Big Debate' during the Soccerex Global Convention

“He isn’t in that league yet but a big tournament for Belgium could catapult him onto that level.”

It has been reported by The Sun that Everton will demand £65 million for their Belgian star this summer – a fee that many clubs will find it hard to meet.

But given his recent record there is no doubt Everton will hold their nerve regarding the asking price.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku looks dejectedEverton's Romelu Lukaku looks dejected

A good performance at Euro 2016 will help banish memories of a poor end to the 2015-16 season and below-par World Cup campaign from Lukaku in 2014.

If he can do that, then Everton might be lucky enough to secure the fee they want for a player hell-bent on leaving.

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