It comes as no secret that if Zlatan Ibrahimovic does leave Manchester United this summer, then the goals of the influential Swede will need replacing. A name that has recently cropped up is that of Romelu Lukaku, with several reports linking the brilliant Belgian with an Old Trafford switch.
Lukaku is a prolific centre-forward, having scored in excess of 100 goals over the last four seasons. For a man of just 24, that’s an impressive feat, particularly in the Premier League.
However, in an exclusive, the Manchester Evening News claim that the Red Devils’ pursuit of Lukaku just got a whole lot harder. The English media outlet claim that both Chelsea and Bayern Munich have joined the race to sign Everton’s star man – which obviously means United’s chances of signing him have just been significantly reduced.
Furthermore, the MEN say that they believe the transfer saga will soon be fixed, so we should know which club Lukaku chooses in the not too distant future.
I’d be a big fan of this move of somehow Jose Mourinho could pull it off. Lukaku is tailor-made to play Premier League football due to his physicality and aerial prowess.
However, if the interest from Bayern Munich is true, it is going to be a lot tougher to secure his signature. The Bundesliga club are perennial winners and the prospect of almost certainly winning the league every year, whilst having a good chance at a Champions League title must be an interesting one.
You’d also have to say that Chelsea would probably be a better fit for Lukaku right now, too. They have just won the Premier League title whereas United finished in sixth position. You also have to factor in that Mourinho was the man who sold the striker during his last stint at Chelsea, so that could be playing on the mind of the Belgian.