Paulo Dybala deal getting closer with the player having to make Manchester United decision by tomorrow

Manchester United may have to play the waiting game to see if Juventus forward Paulo Dybala will sign for the Old Trafford club with Romelu Lukaku heading in the other direction. The rumours have seemingly been developing since the idea was first released into the media earlier in the week. It is even suggested that United would get Mario Mandzukic too.

Towards the end of the week with Dybala returning to Italy, he was given some extra time away from training, needing to return on Monday 5 August 2019. It is reported by the Daily Mail that the 25-year-old will need to notify Juventus of his intentions on Monday, so this might be something that comes to an end quickly, unlike other transfer deals.

Obviously, time is not something both United and Juventus have with the transfer window for Premier League clubs closing at 5 pm BST on Thursday, giving United four days from today to get things across the line. The club is unlikely to let Lukaku leave after the deadline if this does not work out as it will leave them short ahead of the new season.

It would seem that there are complications and Dybala holds the key to the transfer being unlocked with Lukaku all set to leave the Old Trafford club this summer, which could all backfire if the Argentinian decided against the move. Dybala was a star in the Juventus team before Cristiano Ronaldo signed for the club a year ago.

It has also been reported that Ronaldo has been trying to sell the move to United, telling him about the club, the history etc in a bid to tempt him away from Turin. The Times has reported that United has negotiated a deal which would see Dybala and Mandzukic leave Juventus with Lukaku heading in the opposite direction.

It was also suggested that Juventus were happy with the transaction which would see them signing Lukaku without paying a transfer fee, also offloading both Dybala and Mandzukic off the wage bill, which has been under pressure following the arrival of Ronaldo last summer and Matthijs de Ligt this summer.

The Times has also reported that Juventus has ‘encouraged’ Dybala to consider leaving the club this summer, aiming to get him to discuss the proposal rather than to return to pre-season training. The player’s representatives are seeking an annual wage of £10 million, also demanding £10 million commission as part of the deal.

It all seems complicated but reports suggest that both United and Juventus are confident of a deal being agreed, as at the end of the day, would Dybala be thinking about something he did not want and would there be demands of a wage deal if there was no chance he would leave Juventus for Manchester United?

United look set to complete the signing of Harry Maguire with the player undergoing a medical at the club Carirington training ground this weekend with manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggesting that an announcement could be made soon, which would see Maguire arrive as the clubs third summer signing and a new world record for a defender.

Paulo Dybala to hold meeting with Maurizio Sarri ahead of decision to leave Juventus for Manchester United in Romelu Lukaku swap deal

Late on Tuesday evening, it was reported by Sky Sports Italy that Manchester United and Juventus had agreed a swap deal in principle which would take Romelu Lukaku to the Serie A and send Paulo Dybala to the Premier League this summer. However, it was stated that the deal hinges on whether Dybala would want to move on this summer.

Then came reports that Dybala’s agent, Jorge Antun was in London for talks regarding a prospective transfer this summer. There was belief that United could sign the 25-year-old Argentinian to strengthen the clubs attack, which was tested against Norwegian side Kristiansund on Tuesday evening in Oslo in which United won the match 1-0, winning a penalty in the last minute, which was scored by Juan Mata.

Dybala signed for Juventus in the summer of 2015, signing from Palermo for a fee of €32 million with a further €8 million in add ons. The 25-year-old has since played 182 times for the Italian club, scoring 78 goals. The player was reportedly considering his future at Juventus after losing his place to Cristiano Ronaldo, who signed for the club last summer.

Dybala is valued at €100 million by Juventus and is understood to want to speak to head coach, Maurizio Sarri before making a decision on a move to the Theatre of Dreams, which is understandable considering Sarri has recently become the new manager at the club after leaving Chelsea at the end of last season. The meeting between the two will be held this week.

It is suggested that Dybala may take some convincing to leave Juventus and United will need a replacement for Lukaku, should he leave this summer. Moussa Dembele is a name on the list to replace the Belgian. Juventus may make a cash offer is Dybala did not want to leave the club this summer. The clubs vice-president, Pavel Nedved spoke to the media about interest in Dybala, refusing to be drawn in on Lukaku, saying:

“We have some offers for Paulo Dybala but we’ll wait to decide about his future. [Romelu] Lukaku? We always try to get players but I don’t want to speak about Lukaku or others.”

Inter Milan have been interested in Lukaku all summer but their two-year loan offer with a compulsory purchase at the end was rejected, as was their low offer for the Belgian striker. This has now left Juventus in the driving seat for Lukaku at this stage of the summer although Inter director Giuseppe Marotta has suggested the club are still interested in signing Lukaku this summer.

Former United defender Patrice Evra has also been in the news days after announcing his retirement from football. It is stated in the media that the Frenchman contacted his former teammate to try and convince him to move to United this summer. It was also suggested that Lukaku has agreed on a £160,000 equivalent wage at Juventus, which might be a bit premature.

Both United and Juventus are said to be optimistic of this swap deal going through, which will be the second the club will have completed in the past two years and Alexis Sanchez arriving from Arsenal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading the other way. It is said that United has offered Dybala £150,000 a week to move to the Old Trafford club but the Argentinian is said to be asking for £210,000 a week.

Last season at Juventus, despite losing his place to Ronaldo, Dybala played a total of 42 times for the club in the Serie A, UEFA Champions League, Coppa Italia, and the Coppa Italiana, scoring ten goals and five assists in 2,820 minutes of football. Dybala played as a right-winger, a centre-forward, a second striker and an attacking midfielder.

Inter Milan warned to hurry up if they want to sign Romelu Lukaku this summer

Manchester United has reportedly warned Inter Milan to hurry up if they want to sign Romelu Lukaku this summer. The Belgian striker has been linked with a move to Serie A all summer after he stated Antonio Conte was the best manager in the world. There have been a number of suggestions of offers for the 26-year-old with a two-year loan deal with a purchase at the end of the term to a £54 million offer to buy him this summer – both seemingly being rejected.

Lukaku travelled on the clubs pre-season tour to Australia, where the club beat Perth Glory 2-0 and Leeds United 4-0, before heading to Singapore, where they beat Inter Milan 1-0. With the club currently in Shanghai where they will face Tottenham Hotspur later today, it is expected that Lukaku will once again sit out of the match, despite being fit to play, as the club wants to keep him injury free, which suggests that a move is on the cards.

United paid £75 million to sign Lukaku from Everton two years ago and based on the fact the player has three years remaining, before the clause option of another year is added, it gives United all the decision-making ability in terms of agreeing a fee to let the player leave this summer. This is why Inter Milan have not been bowed down to, as that is not something United should be doing. For years, players who have left the club have done so on the cheap.

There are just two weeks of the transfer window left in England with the window for Premier League clubs again closing before the first match of the season, meaning that United has until 5 pm on Thursday 8 August 2019 to sort out their squad for the new season. I would imagine that there is some kind of deadline in letting Lukaku go as United would need a replacement. However, with the fact that the window in Italy closes later than the one in England, Inter might try and test their luck.

It was reported on Wednesday that Inter are set to offer Ivan Perisic to United as part of the deal to take Lukaku to Italy, however, it has been two years since United were interested in the Croatian winger and now that he has hit the age of 30, he no longer offers what United are seeking. Jose Mourinho wanted Perisic, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants youth as part of his squad. If United accept this deal, it will show a massive weakness.

Solskjaer is said to be holding firm with the Lukaku situation but there must be a point in the future that United would ignore the Italian club, which must be around the time the transfer window closes. United has been linked with Wissam Ben Yedder as a replacement for Lukaku, should he leave the club this summer, which would show that Marcus Rashford might be handed the role as the first choice striker again this coming season.

The curious case of Romelu Lukaku

In the post-Sir Alex Ferguson years, Manchester United have made a number of inadequate acquisitions in the transfer market. The cases of Radamel Falcao and Alexis Sanchez in the eyes of many are the definition of failure. However, in Romelu Lukaku’s case, statistically speaking, the Belgian’s goal return is far from inadequate. 

With 42 goals in 93 appearances, Lukaku’s goal to game ratio is at 0.45, essentially scoring a goal in every other game. In spite of the forward’s superb goal tally, many fans want Lukaku to depart the club in the transfer window. But the question is, is the onslaught of criticism that Lukaku faces justified?

A prominent critique of Lukaku since his arrival in 2017, is that the towering number nine hasn’t fitted into United’s system. In the weeks proceeding his arrival, Jose Mourinho cited Lukaku as the perfect candidate to replace the sidelined Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In many ways, this is where Lukaku’s problems began.

In the season in which Ibrahimovic led the United attack, the Swede was predominantly used as a target man, similarly to Mourinho’s use of Didier Drogba at Chelsea. This meant Ibrahimovic’s height was the most utilised of his attributes. Mourinho used Lukaku in a similar role, which initially seemed like a logical decision.

In his first seven games for Manchester United, Lukaku scored a sensational seven goals. However, following his initial purple patch of form, both United and Lukaku’s form dropped significantly. Following losses against Huddersfield, Chelsea and Manchester City, Manchester United found themselves all but out of the running for the Premier League title.

In his first season in Manchester, Lukaku scored an admirable 27 goals in all competitions. In spite of his impressive goalscoring record, it was clear to many that Lukaku didn’t fit Mourinho’s view of a target man. It could be argued that the role Mourinho provided Lukaku limited the Belgian.

While at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Lukaku’s link-up play was sublime, at United it was almost non-existent due to the instructions designated to the striker by Mourinho. The sensational dummy Lukaku provided for Nacer Chadli for Belgium against Japan, signified that the former Chelsea forward had a wider repertoire than being a target man.

In the 2018/19 season, Lukaku struggled in an underperforming team. The most memorable moment for Lukaku is, unfortunately, a pejorative one. In a clash against rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Lukaku cleverly brought the ball around Hugo Lloris, but when faced with an open goal the Belgian fired it wide.

Ultimately, if Lukaku was clinical when faced with this golden opportunity, United would have led Tottenham by a goal to nil. The game ended with a 3-0 win to Spurs, a result that was disastrous for both Mourinho and the club. Following the departure of Mourinho, Lukaku found himself out of the starting line up under the new manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In spite of his exclusion from the starting eleven, Lukaku flourished from the bench. In Solskjaer’s first 11 games, Lukaku provided five goals, including a crucial double away at Paris Saint-Germain, in one of United’s greatest comebacks. However, it was clear from the offset that Lukaku didn’t fit into Solskjaer’s tactical vision.

The philosophy of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to be a pressing based system, therefore relying on players with vast amounts of agility and pace. This meant that Marcus Rashford is the preferred option, as he provides pace, fluidity and stamina. Due to the fact Lukaku doesn’t fit into Solskjaer’s system, it seems almost inevitable that he will depart the club this summer.

In spite of the onslaught of criticism Lukaku receives his goal record dwarves many United ‘greats’. In his first Premier League season for the ‘Red Devils’  Lukaku bagged 16 goals and provided seven assists. In contrast, in the 1999/2000 season, Dwight Yorke netted 20 goals, while contributing three assists.

This means that both forwards contributed the same amount of goals and assists, which suggests Lukaku may have been treated harshly, especially as Dwight Yorke was perceived to be at his peak in the 1999/00 season. Furthermore, Wayne Rooney scored 11 goals in his first season at the club (2004-05) which Lukaku tops goalscoring wise by five goals.

This suggests that Lukaku’s onslaught of criticism may have been unfair, illustrated by the comparison to United ‘greats’.While Romelu Lukaku’s goal scoring record is sublime, it appears his popularity at Manchester United is at an all-time low. It seems inevitable that the Belgian will depart the club, amid interest from Inter Millan.

While Lukaku is a source of mockery for some Manchester United fans, his goalscoring record suggests that in the aftermath of Lukaku’s potential departure, the Belgian may have the last laugh.

Written by Alexei Braithwaite

Inter Milan stalling on Romelu Lukaku fee; player to head on pre-season tour with Manchester United

Inter Milan is reportedly stalling on matching the £75 million price tag of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku so the Belgian will be heading to Australia ahead of United’s pre-season tour. However, that is not a big problem as United’s third match in pre-season will be against Inter in Singapore so perhaps a move could be completed overseas?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will turn to Marcus Rashford, who signed a new long-term contract earlier this week, to lead the attacking line for the upcoming season, which could see the 21-year-old start to prove himself at the top level with him previously playing out of his preferred position for the club. Lukaku might not like that fact, which is why he wants to leave the club this summer.

It has been suggested for weeks that Lukaku could leave the club this summer, ever since he praised Antonio Conte as the ‘best manager in the world’, which was a pretty obvious suggestion that he did not want to be at United any longer. Inter though do not seem to want to pay the fee United will demand, instead, trying to take him on loan for £9 million on a two-year spell, then pay £53 million for the player in the summer of 2021.

It is suggested, because the Italian club does not yet have the money to buy Lukaku this summer, that they are aiming to raise the funds in order to do so. It should be pretty apparent to them that United are not going to allow them to pay for the player over the course of three summer transfer windows. If they want Lukaku, then they will need to pay for him this summer.

The report in the media suggests that Inter have now shelved their plans to try and get the 26-year-old Belgian on loan for a two-year spell, paying for him at the end of that term, which is what they should have done before even suggesting it in the Italian media. Over the past week or so, there have been many discussions with Lukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello and Inter with the agent recently saying:

“We will see the decisions they will take. The times? We do not decide them: it is clear that if they want to buy the player, they have to move.

“The figures? I don’t know, I never made the numbers. You need to ask the club. Inter is seriously trying, Lukaku is a declared goal. But it is still a difficult dream.”

Lukaku will now have to remain professional and apply himself during pre-season training, which is something that he seems to be doing having arrived at the Aon Training Complex earlier in the week. He may also need to play in at least the first two matches of pre-season, against Perth Glory and Leeds United, which will both be played in Perth, Australia. By the time United face Inter Milan in the opening International Champions Cup match, something might have developed in this transfer.

Inter Milan to request tw​o-yea​r loan for Romelu Lukaku with an obligation to buy…

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku seems to be firm in his decision to leave the Old Trafford club this summer, although it has been suggested that he will not officially ask to leave by handing in a transfer request. However, it seems obvious from the player’s previous comments that his future at United is something that will be shortlived.

Inter Milan have a massive interest in signing Lukaku this summer but based on previous reports, they do not want to meet United’s valuation of the player. And to think, two years ago, when United was trying to sign Ivan Perisic, the fact the club seemed unwilling to agree on a reasonable fee for the player should be reverberating in their minds.

It is suggested that the Serie A side plan to request Lukaku on a two-year loan with a fee of £9 million then, at the end of that term, an obligation to purchase the player for £54 million with United receiving a total of £63 million for the player who cost £75 million two summers ago. United, however, is said to be seeking around £80 million for the Belgian.

The reports suggest that United are unimpressed with the idea of having to wait two years for the bulk of the fee and because of that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to keep that player at the Old Trafford club. Whether that is true or this is just a public posturing to ensure United get the money this summer, we shall see in the next couple of weeks.

The 26-year-old’s agent, Federico Pastorello has already met with Inter in Milan this week, although he is believed to represent other players in an around the city. The club is free to sign players again from the 1 July after having a financial fair play transfer ban imposed. When Pastorello left the meeting, he confirmed that the subject of Lukaku had come up, saying:

“Lukaku is a dream, a difficult one to make happen as such. But I believe nothing is impossible.

“Yes, he’s publicly expressed his plans and desires. We’ll see what happens.

“Lukaku is a dream, a difficult one to make happen as such, but I believe nothing is impossible. It’s not impossible and Inter is trying hard.”

Lukaku has played a total of 96 matches for United, scoring 42 goals in all competitions in the two years he has played for the club since he was signed from Everton. Last season, he managed just 15 goals in 45 appearances, often struggling to get involved in matches, keep the ball or do things with it. He was overshadowed by Marcus Rashford, especially after Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho.

Personally, I feel that United should stick to their guns. The club owes Lukaku nothing at the end of the day. He has a good contract which includes a great wage. If he wants to leave, the buying club will have to meet United’s demands. Whilst getting a loan fee for the player this summer, then the bulk of the remaining fee in two years might seem good to balance the books at the time, it means that United would be seen as weak.

Inter Milan tried to pull United’s pants down over the prospective Perisic deal two years ago, demanding a massive fee for the player, despite him being 28 at the time. United need to demand that Lukaku’s sale is on their terms, not terms which have been set by Inter Milan. If they cannot afford to sign the player, they should not have taken the steps they have taken so far this summer.

If United agree that this is the best option to allow Lukaku to leave then they have to hold their price, ensuring that Inter Milan pays what the club value the player at, whether it is £80 million, or less than that. Also, in order for the deal to go through this summer, with that two-year loan spell, United should demand at least half of the fee to be paid this summer with more paid next summer and the summer after, if it needs to be stretched over the course of three summer transfer windows.

Inter Milan cannot demand that United sell a player they want on their terms. It has to be based on the terms of the selling club, not the buying club. If that is not good enough for Inter, then I guess they will just have to make do without Lukaku this summer, with United either keeping him or trying to sell him elsewhere, to a club that can afford him this summer.

The ball is in United’s court to ensure they get a reasonable fee for Lukaku and as the player has not kicked up a fuss to leave, he should be happy to stay, although as it is clear that he does not see his future at United, he will need to ensure he leaves. As it is suggested that he does not want to hand in a transfer request – wanting an amicable departure, the player and his agent should be ensuring United get a fee they want not a fee that Inter Milan can onlt afford to pay.

Romelu Lukaku gives Manchester United two weeks to facilitate Inter Milan transfer

Another day and another Romelu Lukaku story in the media. This one is similar to yesterdays though. The Belgian striker wants to leave for Inter Milan this summer, joining Antonio Conte at the club, the manager who he calls the best in the world, something he has said himself. However, the player will not force a move – although he has set the club a deadline to sort out his future. I’m off to find that Alanis Morrissette song!

Jokes and sarcasm aside, it seems that Lukaku is not happy at United but equally, the fans are not happy with him. It’s one of those 50/50 things in football. Lukaku would be a great striker at the club if there was creativity behind him, feeding him with the balls to score goals. However, that is not the case. United has Paul Pogba, who does not but a gut unless he wants to and a lack of creativity behind the striker.

In all fairness, Lukaku has previously, before signing for United, spoken about a desire to play football in Italy, so this is fair enough in my opinion. Lukaku has scored many goals at United and had a good first season but was poor last season and was dropped by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, which has obviously started this want to leave the club, despite having three years left on his contract, with a fourth to be added.

It is stated that Lukaku has given United two weeks to sort out his future which is just before United heads to Australia (Perth Glory and Leeds United) to start their pre-season tour of the region before heading into Singapore (Inter Milan) and China (Tottenham Hotspur) to partake in the International Champions Cup, before playing the final game in Cardiff (AC Milan), albeit after a friendly match in Norway (Kristiansund).

Lukaku has scored 42 goals in 96 appearances at United in the two years which have elapsed. When you look at it, it is not a bad record. However, scoring goals against the top six clubs is a problem for the Belgian but also a problem for United as a whole. It is all well and good having a top striker but if the creativity is not good, the number of goals scored will not be that great. That is Ed Woodward for you, I guess.

Lukaku does not feel important to Solskjaer, after being dropped when the Norwegian arrived at the club, which was because he was not scoring – hardly rocket science. But obviously, that is not something that is being thought of here, maybe? Lukaku does not have a future at United, because, seemingly, he does not want one. It all seems to be a lot more time wasted for United, bringing in players who did not actually want the move in the first place.

It is all well and good for Lukaku to give United two weeks to sort his future out but the fact that Inter Milan will not pay the fee that United wants for him is not really a problem for United to sort out, that will be one for Inter to sort out. They will need to pay up or give United a player they want as part of the deal. This is hardly rocket science either.

Lukaku might have been a flat track bully on the pitch for United, but not in this instance. United paid £75 million for him, which could have reached £90 million, they are free to set their own price, which is what they’ve done. If Inter Milan don’t want to pay it, Lukaku cannot demand United sell him at a lower fee as they have him contracted for three years, four if you add the clause of a further year. Time to put up or shut up!

Romelu Lukaku’s future at Manchester United seems shortlived as player asks to leave…

Romelu Lukaku has reportedly asked Manchester United to let him leave the club this summer. La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy carry the reports of the Belgian asking to leave the Theatre of Dreams this summer. The 26-year-old has been linked to Inter Milan after former Chelsea and Juventus manager, Antonio Conte took over at the San Siro club.

It is suggested that Lukaku is impatient at United and wants a quick decision from the club as he looks to move to the Serie A after finding it difficult at United over the past two years, especially the past season after he was deposed by Marcus Rashford after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the club in December, getting the job permanently in March.

United will be looking to recoup most of if not all of the money paid to Everton for the striker in the summer of 2017 and it is suggested that Inter Milan is not keen on the reported £80 million asking price for the Belgian but if they want him, they cannot expect to have that fee reduced by refusing. That just won’t work. Want Lukaku? Pay up!

Belgium manager, Roberto Martinez recently spoke to the media about the player and stated that it was clear that Lukaku needed to leave United this summer. That admission may not help the player but will irk United a bit more. Looking at the situation, it seems the player is doing all he can to get others involved in the posturing, which could turn it toxic.

Lukaku needs to accept that if United let him leave this summer, it will be on their terms, not his. They owe him nothing at the end of the day. Lukaku agreed to sign a five-year contract two years ago, meaning he has three years left, plus the option of a fourth – so legally speaking, he’s committed to the club. Speaking to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws and reported by The Mirror, Martinez said:

“It is clear that he has to leave Manchester United. It would be a good thing for both parties. It is now important that Romelu finds the right club.”

United will obviously need to find a replacement for Lukaku this summer and they have been linked with Moussa Dembele of Lyon and Sebastien Haller of Eintracht Frankfurt, although no further reports of the club being interested, or taking that interest further have emerged. As Lukaku has a minimum of three years left at United, it will make the club powerful in the decision and if they agree to let him leave, any interested club will have to meet their terms.

As it has already been reported that Inter Milan will not pay the reported £80 million asking price for the player, they will need to enter into negotiations with United, once a decision on Lukaku’s future has been made. It will be up to the Italian club to tempt United into agreeing on a possible deal. Previous reports have linked both Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic, separately in deals to bring the cost down for Lukaku but United rejected both.

United have held an interest in central defender Milan Skriniar but Inter Milan rejected that attempt, which to me would suggest that the Italian club will only want to offload players they want rid of to bring in Lukaku and are not interested in getting rid of players that United might actually be interested in. That is not something that will get them what they want.

This may play on for a while yet, possibly into the new season, the way transfer negotiations seem to take United, anyway. Although the transfer window will close on the 8 August, just before the new Premier League season starts in England, the Italian club will have an extra nine days with the window closing on the 23 August. However, United will need a replacement, so a deadline on any possible deal should be put into place.

Romelu Lukaku reportedly agrees terms with Inter Milan – Manchester United exit coming?

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has reportedly agreed on terms with Inter Milan ahead of what could be an exit from the Old Trafford club this summer. Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at the club in December 2018, Lukaku has in effect lost the role as the first-choice striker with Marcus Rashford edging ahead of him.

This speculation comes after the Belgian striker stated that former Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte was the ‘best manager in the world’. Conte has recently been confirmed as the new manager of Inter Milan. Rumours have been rife since the start of 2019 after Lukaku suggested that he had always wanted to play in Italy, something which could actually be happening for him. Lukaku reportedly said:

“I am a big Serie A fan, those close to me know that I have always wanted to play in the English league and in the Italian one, I love Italy.

“The transfer of [Cristiano] Ronaldo, the Italian league is now coming back. Now Antonio Conte going to Inter Milan, which is really good because he is, to me, the best manager in the world.

“You know I’m not somebody who likes to talk about my personal relationship with managers, but I’m a Manchester United player.”

Granted, there is no smoke without fire and the Belgian striker, despite breaking records for his country, has not been the same player at United. That is because there is little creativity in the current squad, which has meant the Belgian has not been provided with many great chances, although some had been created for him, he still missed many simple shots.

If United had a great creative player in midfield, it might all be different but if Lukaku does not want to be at United, he should be allowed to leave, as long as the price the clubs wants for him is paid. Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that terms between the player and the club have been agreed and the player could earn £6 million in bonuses.

However, United will be looking for around £70 million for the Belgian, who they paid £75 million four two years ago. Obviously, Solskjaer will have targets this summer, which he was going to try and get anyway but if a player like Lukaku left, United would then be in the market for a new striker, as they would not want to rely on Rashford, unless Anthony Martial changes positions, maybe even shirt numbers again.

At the end of the season, which was a disappointing one for United, Lukaku did suggest that he might be looking to leave the Old Trafford club this summer with recent comments stating that his mind has been made up and that his agent and the club would ‘talk about it’, which seemingly points to the player leaving the club, or there would be nothing to talk about. Lukaku said:

“The club and my agent will talk about it but I have already made my decision.

“I am going to enjoy my holidays with my family now. I know what I’ll do, but won’t say it. We’ll see.”

Whatever happens, it is not the end of the world for Manchester United. Lukaku has not exactly earned legendary status at the club and it is not set in stone that he could achieve that even if he remained at the club. If his head has told him that he wants to take up a chance to play in Italy, which is something he has dreamed about doing, then United and Solskjaer should not stand in his way, if they money being asked for him is paid.

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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