Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly facing fresh competition in the form of Bayern Munich in the pursuit of Everton superstar Romelu Lukaku.
As per an exclusive report from Manchester Evening News, Manchester United and Chelsea face fresh competition in the form of Bayern Munich in the pursuit of wantaway Everton superstar Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian is expected to leave Everton in the summer and the Bavarians seemed to have joined the race for the Belgian.
Romelu Lukaku has really become a phenomenon since being cast out of Chelsea without really being given an extended spell to justify his talent. At Everton, though, the Belgian has more than repaid his price tag – the highest incoming transfer in Everton’s history – putting up constantly impressive numbers every season.
This season, he came close to winning the Golden Boot, with 25 goals to his name in the Premier League, only to be beaten by a late flurry from Harry Kane. His consistency has brought forth interest from Manchester United and a return to Chelsea has also been coined as a possibility.
Manchester United are in need of a striker after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s horrific injury is likely to be the end of this United career, leaving Marcus Rashford as the only recognised choice upfront. With the added pressure of Champions League and expectations of a better Premier League campaign, Mourinho is looking towards Lukaku.
The Portuguese boss likes strong men leading his frontline and with Antoine Griezmann set to stay at Atletico Madrid, Lukaku seems a safe bet, considering the numbers he has managed to rack up in the Premier League.
Romelu Lukaku: “We are now talking to the club. I know what’s happening, but I will leave the talks to my agent.” (Source: BBC Sport) pic.twitter.com/lEkB6dW2ko
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Chelsea, on the other hand, have been continuously seeing their striker Diego Costa been linked to a return to Atletico Madrid and with Michy Batshuayi not doing enough to warrant promotion to be the first-choice, Conte is looking to bring Lukaku to Stamford Bridge to aid Chelsea’s title defence.
However, the duo are facing fresh competition in the form of Bayern Munich, who are also looking to add a striker to their squad. Carlo Ancelotti is rumoured to be a fan of the player and is looking to add the player in an attempt to bolster his squad after a disappointing Champions League campaign.
Lukaku has endeared himself to Everton fans, especially after becoming the first player since Bob Latchford in 1978, to score 25 goals in successive campaigns for the club. However, the player has reportedly turned down a fresh contract from Everton and is set to exit the club.
The Toffees are attempting to price the suitors out of the deal, with a £100 million price tag on Lukaku. However, the suitors’ need for a striker of Lukaku’s quality is likely to triumph and we are likely to see the player move in the summer.
A move to United may offer him the opportunity to lead the frontline for Mourinho, a coach he has publicly expressed admiration for. On the other hand, he can take up the opportunity of returning to the club that brought him into England, albeit as an established world-class superstar this time around.