Rooney not a good enough replacement for Lukaku

Manchester United may consider offering Wayne Rooney plus cash in order to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, according to The Express.

What’s the story?

After falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford this season, Rooney is widely expected to move on this summer.

MLS in the United States and the Chinese Super League have been touted as potential options for the 31-year-old, while his former club Everton are also believed to be in the running.

On a handful of occasions during the season, Toffees manager Ronald Koeman suggested that the club would consider bring Rooney back to Goodison Park.

The Express¬†claims that United’s desire to sign Lukaku could result in them handing over money as well as Rooney.

It is believed that the Red Devils are hunting for a new out-and-out striker due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury woes, which has forced them to reportedly cool their interest in Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.

Is this a good deal for Everton?

There is something quite romantic and heartwarming about Rooney returning to his boyhood club, but there is no getting away from the fact that he is no longer as important on the pitch as he once was.

The forward came through the youth ranks at Everton before bursting onto the scene at the age of 16.

Two years later he moved to Manchester United, where he has spent the last 13 years of his career and won 13 trophies, including five Premier League titles.

Even though he sits as United’s and England’s all-time leading goalscorer, he struggles to get a game and when he does, he struggles to make an impact.

Lukaku scored 25 league goals this season, while Rooney managed just five, but it is worth noting that he only made 25 appearances, 15 of which were starts.

He is not a good enough replacement for Lukaku, so if the deal is to happen, Everton should push for a significant fee to even out the exchange.