Manchester United ready to make £50m bid for Romelu Lukaku - report
Published 13/12/2015 | 12:24
The rumour was first aired last week that Louis van Gaal had identified Everton's Romelu Lukaku as the man to solve his striking crisis but it has been moved on this morning by Metro to suggest that a £50.7m bid is imminent.
In case you're wondering about that exra £700,000, it comes from the price bandied around on tuttomercato.it, €70m. Lukaku's fifty-four goals in 128 Premier League appearances is an appeal that Van Gaal cannot apparently resist.
But where will he play the dynamic centre-forward should Everton lose their senses midseason and agree to sell? Right wing? Left wing? Full-back? Holding midfield?
For once there are quite firm suggestions that United are on the verge of completing several deals reported by The Mail. Unfortunately for Sunday morning picture editor, all three are teeangers yet to make first team debuts: 15-year-olds Nishan Burkhart from FC Zurich's academy and Juan Familia-Castillo from Ajax's.
New York Red Bulls and US youth international Matt Olosunde is the third name on their list and the defender has been training with United, pending a work permit decision.
The Manchester Evening News reports interest in a fourth teenager, Paris Saint-Germain's 17-year-old striker Odsonne Edouard. If Van Gaal does leave at least you cannot accuse him of not addressing the club's foundations even though the first team remains the pressing priority.
Speaking of the first team, United's use of various infants as fill-ins, Uncle Tom Cobley and all at left-back for the injured Luke Shaw may be coming to an end. The man they have identified as a short-term replacement is Champions League winner Ryan Bertrand of Southampton.
So they take Shaw and now want his replacement according to Tuttomercato. Were you a Saints fan you'd be forgiven for seeing off a United scout from St Mary's with a pitchfork.
And finally - now that Guillermo Varela has finally made his first-team breakthrough, the time must be ripe for shipping him out.