Manchester United are expected to undergo somewhat of a squad overhaul this summer, but should they cash in on Romelu Lukaku?
According to various reports, Lukaku is a target for Internazionale.
The San Siro outfit are hoping to bring in Antonio Conte as their new manager, and the ex-Chelsea boss is a long time admirer of United’s number nine.
Inter will reportedly offer £30m and Ivan Perisic for the Belgian international, while the Red Devils would prefer to see Milan Skriniar join as part of the deal.
Lukaku has taken plenty of stick from fans at Old Trafford over the last two seasons, but he has racked up 42 goals and 13 assists in 96 appearances.
With that in mind, some of the writers at Football FanCast share their thoughts on whether United should cut their losses with the 26 year-old…
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“It’s tricky one but in my opinion, Manchester United shouldn’t cash in on Romelu Lukaku. Even the best players in world football have a bad season here and there. And has the big Belgian’s campaign really been as bad as people say? He’s still notched 15 goals in all competitions. Lukaku needs to find a way of putting himself at the top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans and the new manager needs to figure out a system built around the 26-year-old. But this shouldn’t be the end of the road for Lukaku and United.”
“Absolutely not. United would be barking mad to cash in on Lukaku this summer. Yes he’s been sluggish at times but he’s one of the few players in that front line who has actually displayed some sort of consistency in his time with the club. He’s a natural goalscorer and his predatory instinct is something that can help bring the good times back to Old Trafford. They simply have to keep hold of him.”
“Enough is enough, yes they should. Lukaku simply isn’t good enough to be a Man United number 9 and he needs replacing this summer. The Red Devils should be targeting a quick striker – to play alongside two speedy wingers – so they can be a real threat to opposition defences and on the counter-attack next season. The sluggish Belgian simply doesn’t fit the bill and won’t improve in that respect given his natural build. Ed Woodward would have the last laugh by selling Lukaku for a decent fee and replacing him with the type of striker United really need.”