Manchester City are reportedly targeting Inter striker Romelu Lukaku ahead of the summer transfer window and the Belgian international would be a big upgrade on Gabriel Jesus if he were to join the Citizens.
Recent reports have suggested that Pep Guardiola will be given £200 million to spend this summer and the former Manchester United striker has been targeted as a potential striker to replace Sergio Aguero, should he depart on a free transfer when his contract expires.
The Belgian international has impressed since joining Antonio Conte’s side from United in the summer of 2019, as he has contributed an impressive 51 goals and nine assists in just 74 appearances for the Serie A side.
His form this season has been superb, as he has managed 12 goals and three assists in just 15 appearances in the Italian top-flight, which has seen him average a 7.45 rating.
He has also notched four goals in the Champions League, one in the Coppa Italia and five in five international experiences, suggesting that he is enjoying a prolific season in front of goal.
If we compare these stats to Manchester City striker Jesus, there is only one winner.
The Brazilian has just four goals for Guardiola’s side in 14 appearances in all competitions and the Citizens have performed well in recent matches by deploying the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva up front, which suggests that he is not currently favoured by the Spanish manager.
Lukaku has also outscored Jesus in every single season he has been with Manchester City, despite many suggesting that he was poor at Manchester United, so it seems clear that he would manage more goals than the Brazilian in Guardiola’s side.
In a recent Belgium win against Denmark, Lukaku emphasised just how effective he can be and worked brilliantly with De Bruyne, who provided the assist for the striker’s first goal by playing him in behind the Denmark defence.
The former Everton man then thundered in a header from a Thorgan Hazard cross for his second, emphasising how much of a threat he can be in the air, which is something that City currently lack up front.
Finally, Lukaku occupied the defender for Belgium’s fourth goal, allowing De Bruyne to come in and provide the finish.
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez was full of praise for the striker in 2019, saying:
“Everyone wants to tell him the first touch should be better, that he should be stronger in the air, that he needs to make more room. But what they miss is his outstanding trade as a goalscorer. Look at his stats. He is one of the most significant scorers at his age.
“In Romelu’s case, he’s always been a top goalscorer.”
Therefore, you could definitely suggest that he and De Bruyne would work well together at City, should sporting director Txiki Begiristain swoop for the 27-year-old in the summer.
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