Romelu Lukaku hasn’t been performing good enough over the last few games. While he did start off the season with a decent run of goals, the Belgian striker has been experiencing a dry spell that has extended to seven games now.
Clearly, the lack of options upfront is a factor in this, and the Red Devils might look to amend this quickly. Fortunately, their answer might come in the form of one of Lukaku’s countrymen, as Napoli’s Dries Mertens is reportedly very keen on a move to the Premier League.
Mertens recently revealed: “I’m happy in Italy and I’m fine at Napoli. But maybe in the future, I could come to England.”
This was cemented by the comments of Napoli director Pierpaolo Marino, who last month confirmed that Man United have been closely observing the 30-year-old forward.
Since Jose Mourinho wasn’t able to land Perisic in the summer window, this interest shouldn’t come as a surprise. Mertens’ newly signed contract has a release clause of £25 million, which is a price that the Mancunian side will be all too eager to meet, as it is immensely cheaper than some of their other targets.
Further, having netted 34 goals in 45 games last season, the Belgian is certainly one of Europe’s best and most underrated talents. His efforts this season have ensured that Napoli sit atop the Serie A table, in what could be a major upset for Juventus at the end of the season.
If he were to arrive at Old Trafford, the Red Devils’ attacking options will certainly be bolstered. With Zlatan Ibrahimović also poised to return from his injury in the weeks to come, the combination at hand could be one to relish.
Regardless, it is a position that Mourinho must start looking at with serious intent, as Lukaku’s current attempts are far from satisfactory. While Martial and Rashford impressing in their wide roles at times is certainly impressive, the offensive display is far from the perfect standards that are expected of a European powerhouse.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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