According to reports from The Express this morning, Manchester United are targeting Everton striker Romelu Lukaku as a potential replacement forRobin van Persie.
Now 31 years of age and verging upon the final twelve months of his contract, the Netherlands’ all-time leading goalscorer looks almost certain to leave Old Trafford before the end of the summer window, with Galatasaray and Juventus both linked to his signature.
And according to The Express, Louis van Gaal is now considering former Chelsea star Lukaku as a candidate to fill RVP’s almighty goalscoring void.
The 6 foot 3 striker boasts an impressive 42 goals in the Premier League despite being just 22 years of age.
But the Belgium international failed to score in ten outings for former club Chelsea and managed just 10 in 36 this season after his £28million move from Stamford Bridge to Goodison last summer – following a successful 2013/14 campaign on loan with the Toffees.
That makes Lukaku a risky option but a somewhat more realistic one than PSG’s Edinson Cavani or Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain, with both front-men ruled out of summer moves to United by The Daily Mail and ESPN respectively.
The former Anderlecht prodigy’s agent is certainly an ambitious character. As revealed by This Is Futbol, Mino Raiola – who also works with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Mario Balotelli – told reporters in April; “We will see what happens in the summer, but the Everton directors don’t have to think Rom will play there for the rest of his career.
“Later on, he’ll play for one of world’s best teams: PSG, Manchester City, Manchester United or Bayern Munich. Big names, but nothing is impossible as Rom has great potential.”
That suggests Raiola would have no hesitation in trying to force through a transfer.
June 18, 2015 at 9:01 am
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