Manchester United willing to offload Romelu Lukaku in the summer
Manchester United are prepared to listen to offers for star striker Romelu Lukaku at the end of the season, reports The Telegraph.
Romelu Lukaku, 25, joined Manchester United in 2017 from Everton in a deal costing £75million and still has three years left on his contract at Old Trafford.
The Belgian striker enjoyed a solid debut season at United, netting 27 goals in all competitions. But his form has wavered throughout the 2018/19 campaign as he has managed only 14 goals thus far.
The Telegraph say Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning for a massive squad overhaul and Lukaku could be shown the door, only if a sizeable offer is tabled. The 25-year-old, who has fallen behind Marcus Rashford as United’s first choice centre-forward since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho, already is on the radar of Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, adds the report.
Lukaku is not considered to fit Solskjaer’s system at Old Trafford and didn’t start the 3-0 defeat at Barcelona in the second leg of Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday. He remains highly-rated in Europe, though, and his agent Federico Pastorello claimed earlier this month that the striker is “very open” to a move to Italy or Spain.
If the ex-Chelsea marksman is sold, Solskjaer could use the funds to reinvest in different areas of the pitch that need strengthening, the report adds.
Selling Lukaku is a bad idea from Solskjaer
Lukaku may not have set the world alight under Solskjaer but he has improved massively since December. All in all, he is the best goalscorer we have in the squad and even if he hasn’t hit the ground running this season, the Belgian is miles better than Rashford or Martial when leading our attack.
At 25, Lukaku has his best years ahead of him and it’ll be a big blunder if we end up selling him in the summer.