Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is “ready for the big leap” in his career, according to his father.
The 22-year-old was signed by the Toffees for a club-record fee of £28million from Chelsea in summer 2014, but with Roberto Martinez’s side languishing in 12th, Lukaku could look to move on.
Everton’s Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked, while it has been reported that Everton will want at least £50million for their prize asset.
According to his father, Roger, Romelu has progressed enough to have earned an opportunity at a bigger club.
Asked whether the striker could flourish at a European giant, Lukaku’s father replied: “I do believe so. He’s now in his fifth season in the Premier League. The first, at Chelsea, he saw how things worked. With stars like Anelka, Drogba, Torres and Eto’o, he saw what competition was.
“Then, at West Brom, he showed he could do something at the top level. At Everton, he’s been scoring lots for two years, and that he’s at his best against the big clubs. It makes me think he’s ready for the big leap, despite all the pressure he would have.”