For Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there is much work ahead.
The Red Devils already have holes aplenty to fill within the squad, although I get the impression things will get worse before they get better.
Romelu Lukaku is a name who has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, and the latest update in that saga comes from the Daily Mirror.
Their report states that Lukaku’s proposed move to Inter Milan hinges on United handing the 26-year-old a huge pay-off. Antonio Conte wants to make the Reds #9 his major signing – and is aware the Belgium international wants to join him in the Serie A.
Understandably, United want to recoup as much of the £75million that they paid for him as possible. At the end of the day this is a business and his goal record speaks for itself, while the club are under no pressure to sell if they don’t want to.
That transfer fee is beyond Inter, largely due to the FFP regulations that are in place, while Lukaku’s £195,000-a-week wages are also too high for the Serie A giants.
The player himself is already looking at taking a £38,000-a-week wage cut to make the move happen, but I just don’t see United paying off a man who is in his prime while they remain in control of the situation.
From Lukaku’s point of view I understand why he wants to leave. The Mirror claim that the 26-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, with Marcus Rashford to spearhead Solskjaer’s attack. Why should a player of Lukaku’s quality be happy at being second choice? But in turn, the final decision remains with United.