Manchester United’s lack of goals so far this season is going to see us linked with many a striker in January and Romelu Lukaku looks to be first on the list.
De Telegraaf in Netherlands have speculated that Lukaku could be on Louis van Gaal‘s radar and while The Metro have blown it way out of proportion with reports that we’re ‘ready to seal the transfer’ of Lukaku, I’d be surprised if our scouts hadn’t been keeping a very close eye on the free-scoring Belgian.
As for the €50m price quoted by De Telegraaf, I think he would go for quite a bit more money. Roughly converted, €50m is £36.8m; Everton signed Lukaku for £28m back in July 2014 and he has since gone on to score 15 goals in 20 Premier League appearances and grab five assists as well – a phenomenal record by anybody’s standards.
So, to think that form only warrants an £8m increase in price, in today’s inflated transfer market, seems wrong. If Man United paid around the £36m mark for 19-year-old Anthony Martial in the summer, we’d be held for a lot more than €50m if we wanted to lure Lukaku away from Everton.
We should have been after Lukaku when Chelsea wanted to get rid of him and now we’ll have to pay way over the odds if we want to bring in a top class striker in what is a notoriously difficult month to negotiate in, especially one from a club who have absolutely no intention to sell. That being said, I’d love to see us make a move for Belgian.