Manchester United open to selling out-of-favour striker Romelu Lukaku this summer… with a number of top European clubs having already been approached by his representatives
- Manchester United are willing to sell Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku this summer
- Lukaku joined United in 2017 in a deal costing £75million plus £15m in add-ons
- United would want to make a profit on Lukaku, who earns £250,000 a week
Lukaku joined United from Everton in 2017 in a deal costing £75million plus £15m in add-ons, and still has three years left on his contract at Old Trafford.
But he has been replaced by Marcus Rashford as United’s first-choice centre forward and there is a feeling that he does not suit the faster, more fluid attacking style favoured by new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Manchester United are willing to sell Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku this summer
It is believed the United boss would be prepared to sell the 25-year-old this summer as he begins a major overhaul of the squad and that Lukaku, who was left on the bench for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona in the Nou Camp, is open to a move.
United would want to make a profit on a player who has scored 42 goals in 93 appearances, so it may be difficult to find a buyer who would also have to match Lukaku’s wages of £250,000 a week.
A number of top European clubs are understood to have been approached by the player’s representatives after his agent Federico Pastorello admitted earlier this month that a move to Italy or Spain would appeal.
Juventus or Inter Milan could be among the options if Antonio Conte is appointed by either club this summer after the Italian coach tried to sign Lukaku for Chelsea before he chose United two years ago.
United would want to make a profit on 25-year-old Lukaku, who earns £250,000 a week
‘At the moment he is very focused on finishing the season,’ said Pastorello. ‘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 the season.
‘It’s his second season here and he will still have three years on his contract until the end. 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.
‘He likes Italy. When he was a child he followed the Italian league a lot. 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 himself also in La Liga one day. Bundesliga for sure is a very good championship.’