Everton have put a £30m tag on the signature of their Nigerian-born midfielder, Ademola Lookman, in a bid to ward off pressure from RB Leipzig of Germany.
The German Bundesliga club have been pressing for a permanent signing of Lookman all summer long, following his stunning performances on loan with them last season, but Everton are determined not to sell.
In their latest effort to keep Lookman, The Toffees have now placed on him a hefty fee that is almost three times the amount they paid to get him from Charlton Athletic in January 2017.
Lookman impressed while on loan at Leipzig in the second half of last season and was directly involved in nine goals during 11 appearances for them in the German top-flight.
In their bid to maintain that run for them this season, Leipzig have had two bids rejected by Everton already, and can still push The Toffees further before September 1, despite the transfer window in England closing on Thursday.
If Leipzig agree to pay the fee demanded by Everton for Lookman, they will break their own transfer record and the 20-year-old will become the most expensive player of from Nigeria or of Nigerian descent.