Everton face a fight to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this summer. He spent the second half of last term on loan at RB Leipzig in Germany and was sensational. In 11 games he bagged five goals and four assists, so it is no wonder that the Bundesliga side want him back.
They seem to believe that is also what Lookman wants.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, an offer of £12 million has already been rejected by Everton.
But convincing the 20-year-old that he does not want a return to Germany will not be easy. Undoubtedly Everton will need to assure Lookman of first-team opportunities next season.
But, that should not be hard.
Looking at the current Everton squad there are not many better players to play in the attacking wide left position Lookman often does.
Yannick Bolasie is a frustrating figure who should only be used as an impact sub. Gylfi Sigurdsson has also played the role, but is much better in the centre.
To summer signings from last season, Sandro Ramirez and Henry Onyekuru, look unlikely to stick around.
Others, such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Kieran Dowell are in a similar position to Lookman and, in honesty, are better off in other positions.
At the moment, if Everton play Marco Silva’s preferred 4-3-3 formation, there is no reason why Lookman would not be the first-choice on the left-hand side of attack.
Tell him that and Everton might convince him to remain.