Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba have complicated the summer transfer plan for Manchester United. These are two football stars that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expected to have in his team for the upcoming season, but both players are keen to depart Old Trafford. Paul Pogba has recently declared his intention to locate a new challenge with interest from Juventus and Real Madrid, while Romelu Lukaku is open to joining Inter Milan if the chance is created.
Several reporters have stated that Manchester United do not want to get rid of Paul Pogba, a player that still has three years remaining on his contract with Manchester United which will demand a minimum transfer fee of £120 million. The same can be said for Romelu Lukaku as a transfer fee of £80 million is required from Inter Millan if they want the Manchester United striker.
However, we also know that the Manchester United manager has only been given £100 million to improve the squad during the summer. Around £70 million has already been spent on Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while more spending will significantly depend on player sales going forward. Should United decide to sell both Pogba and Lukaku, the manager will have £200 million to spend on his team. So, who will the manager look at if the money is available?
Reporters state that should Man Utd get the funds, the team will likely look at signing Christian Eriksen if Pogba is sold. Eriksen only has one year left on his contract and proved himself within the Premier League. He also stated that he would like to leave Tottenham Hotspur this simmer and has what it takes to replace Pogba in midfield.
United has been pursuing Fernandes for a long time, and reporters have admitted that informal talks are currently taking place to obtain the player hopefully. During the previous season, Bruno Fernandes managed to score 31 goals in 50 matches for Lisbon. This certainly impressed the Manchester United manager who is looking to add more goals to his squad, especially from midfield.
Lukaku is interested in leaving because he feels like he is playing is Rashford’s shadow at Manchester United. Rashford is the preferred striker in the team, utilising the player’s pace to go past the defences of opponents. Lukaku is a more static player, but he was still potent at Man Utd as he scored 42 goals in a total of 96 matches. If Man Utd are looking to replace the goals, Harry Kane will be the best candidate.
United have been following Dybala since he made a move to Juventus in early 2015. He only scored five goals next to Ronaldo but managed to score 22 goals in 33 matches without the Portuguese superstar the year before. Is this player worth pursuing? Will Manchester United be able to transform this player into a superstar in 2020 if they sign him?