Romelu Lukaku could be nearing an exit from Old Trafford, with Italian Serie A side Inter desperate to sign him.
Lukaku, who is understood to be ready to leave Manchester United after falling down the pecking order last season, has long been admired by new Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte and the striker’s feelings seem to be mutual, given that he rates the former Juventus and Chelsea boss as the best manager in the world.
Conte wanted the Belgian at Chelsea after winning the Premier League title but was frustrated by the Blues’ failure to land him as United managed to slip past them and make the signing themselves. He was made to settle for Alvaro Morata, who looked a brilliant acquisition at first but fell way short of expectations before being loaned to Atletico Madrid.
It appears that Conte could finally get his man. Lukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello recently revealed that Inter have indeed laid the groundwork for the striker’s transfer. “Yes [Inter are trying to sign Lukaku],” he told FC Inter News this week. “He’s publicly expressed his plans and desires. We’ll see what happens.
Lukaku only managed 14 goals from his 45 appearances last season and is clearly unhappy with the current state of affairs at the club. United, in turn, appear to be heading nowhere this summer and are likely to lose Paul Pogba, who has attracted attention from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Of course, the Red Devils should not stand in Lukaku’s way if he has his mind set on leaving. His goal production probably won’t improve if he stays and the team would be better off buying another striker than keeping a disgruntled player.
According to reports, Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder has popped up on the club’s radar and they are considering a move for the Frenchman. Barcelona are also reported as being interested in the forward, who has netted 38 times in 91 league appearances for the Spanish side.
The 28-year-old could provide a reasonable goal threat for the Manchester club if he does join them this summer. An 18-goal return plus nine assists in 35 league appearances is nothing to shirk at, and they’d likely get him on the cheap.
United are in desperate need of a boost, having failed to conquer the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure. The upcoming season just doesn’t seem like it will be their year, and the 2019/20 betting odds reflect that, but who knows?
The Red Devis are 47/1 to win the Premier League title next term with Betfair but Bet365 have them at 25/1. Bet Victor has odds of 5/6 on a top-four finish for the Old Trafford side, while they’re also 5/6 to finish outside of it with the aforementioned bookies. And you could find the best free bet no deposit offers for 2019 at Freebets if you’re looking to make some money during and at the end of the upcoming season.
United’s rivals Manchester City are back-to-back Premiership champions and remain the favorites to capture the crown again in the upcoming campaign. Pep Guardiola’s side are 8/13 to finish top of the table in 2019/20, with Liverpool the second favorites. Bet365 is offering 9/4 odds on the Champions League holders following their European triumph up with what would be their first Premier League title.
Meanwhile, United are 5/1 to succeed Chelsea as Europa League champions following the Blues’ victory over Arsenal in Baku last month. But a random team dropping from the Champions League remains the favorites at 3/1.