Manchester United have been keeping a close eye on Everton’s Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian refused to confirm whether he would sign a new contract with the Toffees last weekend, according to reports.
Talks between Everton and Lukaku over a new deal have been halted following the club’s refusal to include any buy-out clause below £90m for the 23-year-old.
It has been reported in recent weeks that Mourinho, responsible for selling Lukaku to Everton during his time at Chelsea back in 2014, has been monitoring the progress of both the Belgian and full-back Seamus Coleman ahead of a potential summer bid.
And according to the Telegraph‘s Matt Law, United are keeping a close eye on the striker in light of his dispute with Everton over a new contract.
It should be noted that Lukaku, when asked about his contract, replied with a smile on his face, perhaps suggesting that he wasn’t taking the question too seriously; either that or, just like with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he knows something about his future we don’t, and he’s simply enjoying playing with the media.
Regardless, the idea of Lukaku spending the zenith of his career at Everton just doesn’t feel right. He has 100 senior goals for club and country at the age of 23, and one suspects that bigger horizons – a move to Old Trafford, say – lie ahead.