Tuesday 27 September 2016

Romelu Lukaku sparks Manchester United rumours with Mourinho comments

Published 29/03/2016 | 11:13

Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates
Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates

Romelu Lukaku has confirmed that he is willing to work with Jose Mourinho once again, amid fresh rumours that he is near the top of Manchester United’s shopping list for the upcoming transfer window.

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Lukaku and Mourinho had a brief and less than successful spell together at Chelsea at the start of the 2013/14 season, with the striker moving to Everton on loan and then in a permanent £28m deal after his manager hinted he didn’t have the stomach to battle for a place in his first team.

Yet Lukaku’s stock has risen dramatically this season as he has fired 18 Premier League goals for Everton, sparking suggestions that United could launch a £50m move for the striker.

Mourinho’s anticipated arrival at Old Trafford to replace manager Louis van Gaal may have been a block on that move, but Lukaku has insisted he would relish the chance to work under the Portuguese tactician once more.

“Some people will say that I need to convince him (Mourinho), but it’s not a question of that,” Lukaku told La Derniere Heure.

“Three years ago I was 20 and I wasn't ready to be immediately effective in a top team. Several good seasons, including the current one, have changed the situation. I’ll be 23 (in May) and I could leave this summer.”

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However, Everton have no intention of accepting any offer for Lukaku this summer, even if the bidding for the Belgian forward tops the £50m mark, Independent.ie have been told.

United, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Manchester City have all been linked with moves for Lukaku, but Goodison Park insiders has stressed their star asset is not for sale.

Everton highlighted their eagerness to fend off the attentions of big spending clubs when they turned down a series of bids from Chelsea for their defender John Stones this summer and their determination to hang on to Lukaku now will be strengthened by the investment of new major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

The new financial position at the Goodison Park club means they will be looking to add to their squad with star signings ahead of next season, rather than consider any moves to sell Lukaku, Stones or any of their star assets that also include Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman and England midfielder Ross Barkley.

However, Everton chiefs may be concerned by Lukaku’s comments suggesting he would be keen to quit the club and play Champions League football next season.

“I’m 23 next summer and I think it would be nice to play in the Champions League from next season,” he told Sky Sports, but it seems as if his club are determined to hang on to the striker they signed from Chelsea for £28m in the summer of 2013.

This is a story that looks certain to rumble on ahead of the summer transfer window, with the player seemingly on a collision course with his club as he eyes a move away from Goodison Park.

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