Red Bull Leipzig are closing in on Everton midfielder Ademola Lookman. According to BBC Sport, Lookman is likely to head to RB Leipzig for a transfer fee of £22.5m.
Lookman spent half a season on loan at RB Leipzig in the 2017/18 season, racking up an impressive tally of five goals and four assists in 11 games. That was under the stewardship of now-Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Since then, RB Leipzig have held an interest in Lookman. And after an underwhelming campaign – where Marco Silva used him sparingly – he is now set for a permanent exit.
Things have not worked out as well as he might have hoped since making the January 2017 move from Charlton Athletic to Everton. Lookman has only managed 48 outings – with four goals and two assists – and has mainly been a bench player.
But the England U21 international is set to continue his career in Germany. He thrived in the Bundesliga previously and will hope to follow the likes of Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson, who both enjoyed success in the German top-flight.
Everton might regret Ademola Lookman sale
Silva probably should have given Lookman more opportunities in the first-team. If he fulfils his potential, the Toffees could save millions in the transfer market as they would not need a new winger.
But this was perhaps a blind spot by Silva. Instead of playing Lookman regularly, he preferred other options, such as Theo Walcott. This is why a permanent exit makes sense at this stage of the 21-year-old’s career.