Romelu Lukaku departing Manchester United appears to be a strong possibility before the end of this summer.
Inter Milan are the club who have emerged as the strongest contenders for his signature.
However, the Red Devils want a hefty price for the Belgian striker and Inter simply don’t have the funds for the deal. While a player exchange possibility is being discussed by the two clubs, the talent United wants is deemed unsellable by the Serie A giant.
However, it seems likely that one way or another Lukaku is on his way out and United have already begun hunting for his replacement. The player who they possibly might sign for that role may surprise a few supporters.
talkSPORT’s Andy Goldstein believes that United are readying a bid for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Goldstein reveals: “I’ve got someone on the inside, not at United by the way, someone on the inside who every so often would tell me transfer gossip. I would say he has a hit-ratio of about, quite high, 75-25. He’s told me quite a few that have happened. Not just at United but other clubs as well. He told me about Anthony Martial, which I tweeted, I think, two days before United even approached.
“He has told me that United are interested in Aubameyang. He’s got two years left on his deal, he is 30-years-old, he is the finished article. United did something similar with van Persie, Romelu Lukaku isn’t doing it for Ole Gunnar, I’m led to believe.”
The same source also pegs a £70 million pricetag on the alleged deal.
Goldstein had this to say about that: “I think it’s crazy money for a 30-year-old, two years left on his deal, scores goals, finished article. £70m is what I’m being told. There’s a first offer. He’s only got two years left and in a year’s time he can go. If you’re at Arsenal and you’re in roughly the same sort of place as United at the moment and United come in for you, where would you go?”