Manchester United are reportedly ready to make a £40million bid for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku to add more firepower in their attacking line.
Manchester United are all set to test Everton’s strength to hold back their £40million-rated attacker Romelu Lukaku, Daily Mirror reports.
The Belgian goal machine has set the Premier League alight this term with his sensational 15 goals and has netted 12 times in his last 12 appearances in all competitions to take his season’s goal tally to 19.
Last summer also United tried to sign Lukaku, but the Dutch manager later decided not to lodge any official bid for him.
But this season the situation demands quick action in the transfer market, with goals in short supply for the Red Devils, the Belgium international is again on their radar, despite Everton’s certain resistance.
However the Old Trafford board understand, they will not succeed with a bid for Lukaku in January transfer window, as Everton are not in a mood to let go the 22-year-old lethal striker.
Louis van Gaal have ruled out any bid for Lukaku for the time being, but reports suggest they are ready to make a move for a consistent scorer like him as part of another sensational summer spending spree.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes the current squad need a lot of big-name signings, including a prolific striker, to guide them back to the top.
The other summer transfer targets of van Gaal include Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, along with Southampton attacker Saido Mane.
But Lukaku remains top priority on Manchester United’s short list and, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy insisted not to let go Kane, to emerge as their main forward target to add much needed fire power upfront.
Lukaku eventually became Everton’s record signing of £28m back in 2014 summer after a successful season-long loan stint there from Chelsea.
Adnan Januzaj might also go straight back into the Louis van Gaal’s squad following his season-long loan spell with Borussia Dortmund was scrapped.
Januzaj managed to play only three matches for Dortmund since joining them in August and has now returned to Old Trafford for the remaining of this season.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said in an interview: “It was a wish of Adnan to go back. The loan wasn’t a good deal for both sides all in all.”
Januzaj could find himself in van Gaal’s first eleven for tomorrow’s FA Cup third round match at home against League One side Sheffield United.