Lukaku Replacement? Manchester United Line Up £40m Move For Lyon Forward

Lyon's Nabil Fekir celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates.

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How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company behave in the upcoming transfer window will be paramount to Manchester United’s future.

Solskjaer has shown great intent after the Red Devils ended their season on a sordid note and made it clear that names would both depart and arrive at Old Trafford by the time August rolls around.

Their roster is presently filled with too many players, many of them well beyond their peak, surplus to requirements and in many cases drawing wage packages that are ridiculously higher than what they have contributed to the English giants.

As of such, it seems evident that the Norwegian will break Ed Woodward’s practice of spending big on singular signings and instead populate the squad with youngsters who will prove to be long-term assets.

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Now, as per the Sun, United are lining up a bid for Lyon forward Moussa Dembele. The report cites that the club will offer up to £40 million for the 22-year-old Frenchman.

It is understood that the Mancunian outfit will undertake such a move due to the uncertainty that surrounds Romelu Lukaku at present. The Belgian striker failed to live up to his pricetag during his second season at Old Trafford as he was plagued by numerous dry spells.

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Under Solskjaer, Marcus Rashford was deployed in Lukaku’s spot and the player’s agent made it amply clear that the striker would consider his future in the summer amidst alleged interest from Italy.

Trying to by Dembele fits into the trend of players that the club has been linked with, as the likes of Dan James, Nicholas Pepe. And Jadon Sancho are all being sized up by the side.

However, not all of the aforementioned talents fit the ‘cheap’ requirement that Sir Alex Ferguson’s investments often were. Perhaps the inflation in the present-day transfer market calls for drastic measures.

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