Italian defensive legend and current Tianjin Quanjian manager Fabio Cannavaro has confirmed his intention to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in the summer and doesn’t think it would be as difficult to bring him to the Far East as people may think.
Cannavaro’s side were promoted to the Chinese Super League ahead of it’s kick-off this month and are scouring the world for top-class players to recruit- which, perhaps ambitiously, includes the likes of Lukaku- who is a fair bit younger than the majority of recruits China has snatched from Europe.
Everton, naturally, don’t want to sell but Cannavaro would love to bring the striker to the Far East, telling The Sun:
“It is possible to speak to Romelu Lukaku, but the problem is that Everton don’t want to let him leave. It is not a worry for me that he is younger. Some people think a player like him could not come to China, but he would be a perfect fit.”
“Just look at Oscar. He is 25, but he left Chelsea for Shanghai SIPG. Football is the same all over he world, and every player wants to be with a winning team.”
“The Belgian national team has fantastic players who are of interest to Chinese clubs. I was keen on Roma’s Radja Nainggolan, as he could get an Asian passport and clubs can now field just three foreign players.”
Whilst it’s unlikely that Lukaku would leave Goodison Park for the Far East, Cannavaro’s comments show the determination of the league to succeed and rival European competitions in the coming years- although there is still a way to go.