As per a report from German outlet Sportbuzzer tonight, Everton winer Ademola Lookman is on the verge of a permanent transfer to RB Leipzig.
Lookman, a gifted English U21 international, made the move to Goodison Park in January of last year for a fee that could eventually rise to £11 million.
However, following a difficult spell with the Toffees during which he managed just 4 Premier League starts over the space of 12 months, the pacy attacker was informed that he would be allowed to depart the club on loan this past January.
In the end, against the wishes of then-Everton boss Sam Allardyce, Lookman forced through a move to Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig, with the English tactician having subsequently explained:
‘It is one of the most unusual situations I’ve been in.’
‘We got some deals for him but he was adamant he chose Germany.’
Allardyce also went on to reveal that Everton tried to ‘persuade’ Lookman not to make a move that he felt as though would pose a ‘big challenge’ for the youngster’s development:
‘His stubbornness meant he got his own way. I hope he proves us all wrong.’
But Lookman has since gone on to do exactly that in proving the Everton hierarchy wrong, by lighting up the Bundesliga during his brief spell in Germany.
Across 11 league outings since January, the gifted winger racked up 5 goals and 4 assists, with RB Leipzig director of sport Ralf Rangnick, who recently took over manager duties at the Red Bull Arena, having confirmed earlier this month that the club are keen to bring Lookman back to Germany for next season:
#Rangnick with a transfer update: “I think 3 more signings is realistic. We’re still in talks over @Alookman_ – we want him back and he wants to come. We’re also looking at something in central midfield, whether that’s a no. 6, 8 or 10.” #DieRotenBullen pic.twitter.com/TVK4KTCvCz
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) July 9, 2018
And, despite the winger reportedly fitting firmly into the plans of new Everton boss Marco Silva for next season, the aforementioned report from the generally-reliable Sportbuzzer tonight has suggested that a deal to send Lookman back to the Bundesliga is on the verge of completion.
The German outlet claim that the player’s will has played an important role in the move’s imminent completion, with negotiations between the Toffees and Leipzig ‘in the final stages’.
Though no fee is mentioned, the transfer is expected to set the Bundesliga outfit back around £20 million.