Two Strikers Identified As Possible Replacement Of Zlatan

Juventus' Daniele Rugani in action with Torino's Andrea Belotti.

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Torino’s Andrea Belotti and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku have been identified as the possible replacement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford, as per the reports from Metro Sport.

The 35-year-old joined Manchester United past summer on a one-year deal and have an option to extend it further for another year, and even though Jose Mourinho has stated that he wants Zlatan to stay, rumours are suggesting that he might make a move to MLS, with LA Galaxy looking to have an upper hand.

With all this said and done, United will be needing some trusted legs to replace the experienced Swede, hence, the speculation of Belotti and Lukaku does make sense.

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Belotti will certainly be having numerous options to choose from this summer, but what makes him vulnerable to make a move out of Italy is his €100m (£86.5m) buyout clause that applies to foreign clubs. Furthermore, Torino’s boss Sinisa Mihajlovic, a few days back, has said that he expects Andrea to stay with the club.

“Belotti is not a player of this era but if he remains or not depends on many things. He’s happy here – I know that – and would be willing to stay.

“I hope he remains as long as I do but I do not know.”

Everton's Romelu Lukaku

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Lukaku, on the other hand, seems to have a great friendship with Paul Pogba and this could be used to lure the Belgian. And with him being reluctant to extend his stay at Goodison Park, Manchester United do have a chance or two to make a move.

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He has scored a whopping 23 goals in just 31 games so far and has a price tag of £70m on his head. But his manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that it is always upto the player whether to stay or leave.

“Everybody knows he’s a key player for Everton and we will try to do everything to keep him here but the final decision is always with the player,’ said the Dutchman.

“Everyone knows he has his own ambition but we will try our best.”


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