The Old Trafford club is looking to strengthen their strike options in the summer, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured, and his future still unsure. This has prompted manager Jose Mourinho to make signing Romelu Lukaku a priority signing, along with Antoine Griezmann.
The Portuguese has told executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to go all out to sign the Belgian, Starsport reported. The Red Devils will, therefore, look to hijack a rumoured deal between the Blues and the Toffees, with an £85m bid.
A United source recently revealed: “The manager has been forced into a rethink and has made it clear he wants Lukaku at United.
“The club’s board are right behind him in the transfer market and will do everything in their power to give him what he wants. If this means going head-to-head with Chelsea and Roman Abramovich then so be it, because the manager wants some more marquee signings.”
The Old Trafford outfit is looking to bag a deal worth around £230,000-a-week. This, they hope, will tempt Lukaku to snub his former club.
The 23-year-old has already refused a contract renewal at Goodison Park, and clearly wants a move away. His 24 goals this season have made him hot property, especially in the Premier League.
Chelsea sold Lukaku to Everton in 2013 for £28m, but the Belgium international has improved each year since then. This has caught Blues’ manager Antonio Conte’s interest, and he is looking to sign the striker, with Diego Costa rumoured to be close to heading out the exit door.
But United are also in the rebuilding phase under Mourinho, and they seem unfazed by high price tags, as they proved when they signed Paul Pogba for £89.3m.
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