Yannick Bolasie comments on potential Everton club-record price tag and Romelu Lukaku discussions

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie

The former Crystal Palace winger became the Toffees second-most expensive player of all time this week.

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie

New Everton signing Yannick Bolasie has insisted that he is not thinking about his potential club-record price tag and revealed, as quoted by the Daily Mail, that Romelu Lukaku has been trying to convince him to come to Goodison Park for some time.

Bolasie joined the Toffees in a £25 million deal - which could ultimately rise to a club-record £30 million - from Crystal Palace earlier this week to become Ronald Koeman's fourth major signing of the summer.

That initial fee is second only to the £28 million paid for Lukaku two years ago, and would be enough to daunt many players upon their arrival at a new club.

Bolasie, though, insists that the price is just a number and ultimately means nothing to him - he is at Goodison just to play regular football and get better.

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie and Fulham's Kevin McDonald challenge for the ball

He said, via the Daily Mail: "When I think about the price tag it hasn't hit me. When someone says 25 or 28 [million] I just think I'm here to play football. I come and enjoy the game. I've only been here three days but I've seen the quality.

"I look at Ronald Koeman as one of the best in the Premier League. You'd like to think he could do what he did for Southampton here."

 

Bolasie also admitted that he does not think he could have made this kind of big-money move any earlier than he did as he would not have been able to live up to the hype.

Yannick Bolasie of Crystal Palace during a press conference

However, he did reveal that Lukaku has been attempting to get him to join the club "for ages", and now that he has made the switch he is just focused on hitting the ground running.

Bolasie added: "I probably wouldn't have been ready [for this move] last year. Hopefully I've got most of my mistakes out of the way there. I got used to things [at Palace]. 

"I know Rom from ages ago - he's been talking to me for ages to come here. I'm trying to settle in really quick. Once I get used to it I'll hit the ground running. What I find is that I'll probably get the ball in better areas and cause more damage."

Bolasie will be hoping to make his debut when Koeman's side take on West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns this weekend.

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie in action with Reading's Jake Cooper

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