What Does The Future Hold For Romelu Lukaku?5 min read
With the transfer window now in its full swing and players coming out left, right and centre demanding a move away, it is no surprise to see Romelu Lukaku going public in his desire to leave Old Trafford.
The Belgium international might have been a close confidant of José Mourinho, but ever since the Portuguese manager was relieved of his duties last December, Lukaku has spent the majority of his time on the bench under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Lukaku, who was signed from Everton for £75 million in 2017, was expected to lead the line for Manchester United over a number of years, and so this potential exit has come as a surprise to many over the last six months.
For one reason or another, Lukaku has struggled at Old Trafford throughout his time there, which has been scrutinised since the turn of the year. Complaints about the lack of ball control, movement, vision and even weight issues have become strife over the past six months, and so Lukaku has quite obviously thought enough is enough.
With the club in disarray from top to bottom and the style of football played by the Norwegian coach not suited towards the Belgian, it is little surprise to watch Lukaku plant the seeds of wanting to leave.
Antonio Conte, the ex-Chelsea boss who wanted to sign Belgium’s all-time leading goalscorer before Mourinho had at Man United, has recently been appointed Inter Milan’s head coach on a three-year deal.
It is to be believed that Conte wants to make Romelu Lukaku his first big summer signing at the San Siro and finally join up with the centre forward. With his slower style of play and more physical attributes to his game, Serie A could be a match made in heaven for Lukaku.
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While his first season in Manchester was a success in scoring 27 goals in 51 appearances, Lukaku has just not kicked on from that fast start. There has been plenty of talk suggesting a swap deal between the Belgian and Mauro Icardi could take place, but the last thing the Red Devils need is a player who will, undoubtedly, end up disrupting the dressing room and causing problems.
What Manchester United need overall is a striker to swap in and out with Marcus Rashford. The England international cannot carry the pressure or weight on his shoulders to be the main goalscorer for the whole season, and so a player such as Red Bull Leipzig’s Timo Werner would be an interesting choice.
The German international has shown his prowess in the Bundesliga over the past two seasons and is attracting a lot of interest from elsewhere in Europe. While he is not an incredibly dynamic player, Werner is a fox in the box and has a good foundation to bring others into the game.
Another Bundesliga centre forward that is being touted to Manchester United is Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sebastien Haller. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a stellar season with the German side, scoring 20 goals and assisting a further 12 in 41 appearances.
What Manchester United need, above all, are players that are ready to fight for the shirt and not become complacent when in the team. There is no room for egos anymore if the club want to reach the summit once more and have to start playing in a collective manner.
Lukaku is likely to move on this summer for what the Red Devils initially paid for and they simply must get the recruitment right in his replacement. There is now no margin for error.
Romelu Lukaku to sign for before 2nd September 2019:
Any Chinese club
Any French club