Manchester United could well be in the market for a new striker this summer, particularly if Italian journalist, Nicolo Schira, is proven right on this one…
The Gazzetta dello Sport journalist took to Twitter yesterday, as he broke some news in regards to Romelu Lukaku’s proposed move to Inter Milan.
Schira claims that Lukaku is Antonio Conte’s ‘absolute first choice’ striker that he wants to sign this summer, while the Serie A giants have already agreed personal terms with United’s #9. Apparently, a five-year contract is on the table, with the 26-year-old to ear €7.5m (£6.6m) a year.
Understandably, the Reds aren’t willing to let Lukaku leave cheaply and they want to recoup as much of the £75million that they paid for him as possible.
Schira states that United want €70m (£62m) if they are to part with the Belgian forward during this window.
To me, the Reds are once again proving they’re just terrible sellers. Only United could lose money on a striker who is approaching his peak years while scoring 42 goals during his two seasons here…
Anyway, back to the matter at hand. It just feels as though Marcus Rashford is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred choice in the striker role – and that doesn’t look like changing.
You can’t blame Lukaku for not wanting to play second-fiddle, but if United don’t want to sell the forward, he’s under contract for a few years yet and the ball is in the Red Devils’ court.
If United have identified a replacement and Inter come in with a suitable offer, don’t be surprised to see United cash in and move in a different direction. At this stage, though, I’d rate this transfer as more likely to happen than not – provided the cash is stumped up by the Nerazzurri.