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RB Leipzig remains confident of getting a deal to bring back Everton’s Ademola Lookman to the club this summer.

The England U-21 international spent the second half of last season at the German Bundesliga club and had a very impressive six months, contributing five League goals.

Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick is keen to avoid a deadline day transfer stress but believes the club can get the player late into this summer’s transfer window.

They seem set to face a fight for his signature with Marco Silva urging Everton not to budge, but Rangnick is keeping calm over the tug-of-war.

“We’ll see. Let’s just wait another week,” the Leipzig boss told a media conference, as quoted by Goal.

“When you turn back the time to the last day of the last transfer market, at 2:00 pm we didn’t even think about a loan of Ademola Lookman. It seemed impossible to get him.”

“But four hours later we got the deal done. I said then that it wasn’t a last-minute deal but a last-second deal.”

“We don’t plan to repeat this, because it was a very stressful situation for us. We’ll just wait. When Everton wants to keep the player they will tell us. If not we’ll see if there’s a chance of still getting him.”

Silva addressed the speculation linking Lookman with a permanent switch to Germany in a press conference on Thursday, as he told reporters: “He is our player. You know what my technical opinion of the player is and the player knows. For me it is not an issue.”