Lukaku’s agent spotted at Manchester hotel; silly season comes early

Romelu Lukaku’s agent met with Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the Lowry Hotel on Thursday following reports that the Belgian striker will not sign a new deal at Everton, according to the Daily Star.

What’s the latest?

There is plenty of speculation surrounding Lukaku’s long-term future after it was widely reported that he had rejected a new £140,000-a-week contract from Everton.

The striker still has two years remaining on his current deal, but his recent questioning of the club’s ambition and failure to sign top players has led to suggestions that he is heading towards the exit door.

One club that has been heavily linked to Lukaku is United, and those rumours intensified when the player’s agent Mino Raiola was spotted at the Red Devils’ team hotel on Thursday.

According to the Daily Star, Raiola met with United chief Woodward for three hours before the latter left the venue at around 2pm.

What does it mean?

There is obviously a chance that the pair were discussing Lukaku’s future, but there is no concrete evidence to suggest that was the case.

In the Daily Star’s report, it is mentioned that the pair are close friends after working on a number of transfer deals together.

In addition, Raiola is the agent of a handful of United players, including Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The duo could have been discussing the future of Ibrahimovic, who is yet to trigger the one-year extension on his deal.

The point is, the Lukaku link is pure speculation due to the timing of the meeting between Raiola and Woodward.

It will certainly not be the last time that the Belgian international is named as a potential target for United, though.

 


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