Romelu Lukaku to discuss his Manchester United future this summer; Should he move to pastures new?

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku will discuss his options at the end of the season according to his representative, Federico Pastorello. The 25-year-old Belgian made a move to United from Everton for an initial fee of £75 million back in the summer of 2017, which could rise to a final fee of £90 million.

The former Chelsea and Everton striker signed a five-year contract at the Theatre of Dreams, meaning he still had at least three years remaining on his contract, a fourth could be added at a later date though as this was a clause on the striker’s contract at United. However, speculation suggests the player may want to move onto pastured new this summer.

Lukaku’s representative, Pastorello has spoken about what could be in store for the 25-year-old this summer. The Belgian is not a flop at United and it would be unfair to suggest he has been. There are many players who have regressed and have caused United problems, Alexis Sanchez for instance. Pastorello, reported by Sky Sports, said:

“At the moment he is very focused on finishing the season. The competition for third and fourth place in England is very tight so let’s see what will happen in the future at the end of the season.

“It’s his second season here and he will still have three years on his contract until the end. Let’s see. He’s someone who loves to know a different culture, a different football.

“He sees a way to have a career playing in different countries because he would like to win some trophies and prove himself and say to his children ‘I won there and I won there and I won there’ and ‘I was a very good player in all the top championships’ so let’s see, the future is really very open but, at the moment, we don’t discuss about that because really the season is in a big moment.”

Lukaku has played 90 times for United, scoring 42 goals, which is almost one goal scored every other game. Recently, he scored a brace in three consecutive matches and was one of the stand-out players in overcoming a 2-0 deficit against Paris Saint-Germain and earning a UEFA Champions League quarter-final place against Barcelona, of which the first leg will be played at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

During his time playing in the Premier League, of which he has played for Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea and United, Lukaku has played 248 matches in the league, scoring 113 goals, which is a great achievement considering his age. His best season in the league was during the 2016/17 season for Everton where he scored 25 goals in 38 appearances.

Lukaku has been linked to Inter Milan this summer, but his wages at United could be a stumbling block if he decided a move was the best option. Of course, United would have the full control if that happened based on the three years remaining on his contract. This would mean that a high fee could be charged for the player. United do not need to rush.

Since Lukaku signed for United, the club has not won anything, reaching the Emirates FA Cup final last season, beaten by Chelsea and this season exiting the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup and out of sorts in the Premier League. They are still in the Champions League, which is their only chance of silverware – which will be very tough to achieve.

Pastorello gave some insight about where Lukaku’s future could lie. The player has the desire to win trophies and at United, that does not seem to be happening right now, however, with patience, the right leadership both on and off the pitch and the right investment by the club, they could end up on the right path. Lukaku’s representative continued by saying:

“He likes Italy. When he was a child he followed a lot the Italian league. Everybody agrees today the Premier League is the best but years ago Italy was the best and they were the dreams for the younger footballer players.

“Teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona of course attract any champion so he sees also in La Liga one day. Bundesliga for sure is a very good championship.”

It was also stated that Lukaku is now enjoying life at United, under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was given a three-year contract only last week. Pastorello, suggesting that Lukaku appreciates Solskjaer and that helped him find the confidence to score three consecutive braces against Crystal Palace, Southampton, and PSG, said:

“In this period what he appreciates a lot about the manager is he was keeping him involved with a lot of attention.

“That is normal with the level of the player but sometimes managers are not so used to doing it anyway.

“Once he had the opportunity he scored goals so he was important when not starting and when he got the opportunity to start, he scored [three games in a row].

“He was amazing in the victory against Paris Saint-Germain so now we think he’s back on his place.”

Obviously, there is a lot to play for this season at United and Lukaku will need to be ready. United will face Barcelona on Wednesday, then host West Ham United in the Premier League in what will be a must-win match to keep the chase on a top four finish. With speculation linking Lukaku to Inter Milan, as long as Antonio Conte replaces Luciano Spalletti, it could well be a long summer ahead.

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