Jose Mourinho to ‘swallow his pride’ in bid to lure Romelu Lukaku?


Romelu Lukaku is on the market this summer, at least according to the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, the guy who literally made a mint last summer in ensuring that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba, his real money ticket, all signed for Manchester United. Lukaku is looking for UEFA Champions League football, and which player isn’t as it really is the pinnacle of European football, a competition where legends are made and losers are shown for what they are. Lukaku could very well move back to the club which wrote him off years ago – Chelsea, or even to Manchester United, with the manager who wrote him off at Chelsea. During the past season, Lukaku made 39 appearances for Everton, scoring 26 goals, which is something United could do with, he would turn Chelsea into a club at another level, which may be his first choice.

What is being reported and by who?

The Daily Star have reported that both Jose Mourinho and Chelsea are interested in signing Lukaku, years after the club and the then manager wrote him off. Chelsea have been seen as the favourites to land the player this summer, but Belgian teammate Marouane Fellaini and friend Paul Pogba could hold an influence in Mino Raiola’s player moving to the Theatre of Dreams instead of Stamford Bridge. The report suggests that Mourinho will ‘swallow his pride’ in bringing Lukaku to Old Trafford, showing a dramatic change in the style of the Portuguese manager. £85 million is the key to securing the deal, according to that report at least. The Express also report the potential deal, with the player’s agent suggesting £100 million would be the amount to reach to lure the player to another club. The Daily Mail has reported that Lukaku has been told he can join ‘certain clubs’ should they make a suitable offer for him this summer, and the player is looking for UEFA Champions League football, something Everton cannot give him at this moment in time, if ever. The Independent has seconded the reports of ‘certain clubs’ the player will be allowed to sign for. The Liverpool Echo reported that Raiola has told Everton bid will be coming for the player, which could see his future sorted soon, in my opinion at least. Sky Sports also reported that Lukaku was told he could leave Everton this summer, so it should only be a matter of time before a bidding war commences and a club wins the race to sign the Belgian.

What type of player is Romelu Lukaku?

Lukaku is a striker and a talented one at that, at least most of the time. The Belgian made 39 appearances for Everton during the past season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions, including two hat-tricks, one of which turned into four goals in one match. His Premier League experience will be vital for whoever lands the player this summer, whether it is former club Chelsea, or Manchester United, under the management of Jose Mourinho, the guy that seemingly ended his Chelsea career when he was much younger. Lukaku seems to have fits and starts, which is my only quibble, especially during his time at Everton. That may have been because of a lack of quality players, but he certainly played well with the level of players Everton had last season. At United or where ever, Lukaku will go onto bigger and better things. Players of his calibre need to be playing in the Champions League, so it will be important for his new club to be in that competition, both Chelsea and United are already secured in the group stages. With players like Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Paul Pogba at United, Lukaku could be set for stardom. Saying that the like of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa et al at Chelsea would be equal in the calibre of players at United, at least based on potential.

Likelihood of the transfer?

The cost of the player will be the big thing here. If you look in the media you see figures ranging from £85 million right up to £100 million, which is a massive fee to spend on a player. Antoine Griezmann will have cost United at least £86 million, and although Lukaku has the Premier League experience, so it will shorten his settling in period, he does not have a vast European history, recently anyway and not at a club level. His qualities will set him well in the Champions League, the guy is a beast when he’s on form, which will be something that both Mourinho and his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte will be looking for. Are there many other better options in World and European football right now? Of course there are but are those players available also coming with Premier League experience, which is where Manchester United fell short during the past season. I think Lukaku will end up at Chelsea as he has a point to prove at Stamford Bridge, but he would be welcome at Old Trafford and I think Mourinho could play a massive part in that happening, or not.

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