Roger Lukaku, father of Everton striker Romelu, has revealed he wants his son to move to Manchester United or Bayern Munich when he eventually departs Goodison Park—and the striker himself responded by expressing his desire to play Champions League football.
In an interview with HLN Sport, Roger said that although the forward’s agent prefers a Serie A switch, he should head to the likes of United or Bayern—per Kristof Terreur:
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Roger Lukaku, Romelu's dad: "I know his agent prefers Italy, but in my eyes Rom has to join Bayern or Man United." #efc #mufc (@hlnsport)3/26/2016, 7:46:20 AM
The striker has always been a player with incredible potential, but 2015/16 has seen him finally start to fulfil it. His performances have been worthy of the European elite, and after his father's comments, he said to Sky Sports News HQ he wants to play in the UEFA Champions League:
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WATCH: Romelu Lukaku reacts to his dad's comments about United and Bayern and talks Champions League football #SSNHQ https://t.co/ZgarobmnyZ3/26/2016, 12:44:31 PM
The Belgian has scored 25 goals in all competitions for Everton this term, according to WhoScored.com.
Manchester United’s front line hasn’t exactly been firing on all cylinders this season, and although Marcus Rashford has announced himself on the big stage in some style, there’s still plenty of work to be done.
Lukaku could provide exactly what Louis van Gaal and Co. are looking for, and he certainly thinks he’s good enough for the biggest clubs in the world, as Squawka revealed:
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Romelu Lukaku: "I'm one of the best strikers in this league. I've made a step towards being one of the greats." https://t.co/vBw2cA451g3/19/2016, 12:38:12 PM
While Lukaku seems to have been around forever, he’s still just 22 years of age and could go on to be one of the great Premier League strikers.
Everton signed the striker permanently for a club-record £28 million fee in summer 2014, and the Toffees will likely demand a healthy profit on that sum if they’re to let their star man go.
Another striker linked with a move to Old Trafford is Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain, as rumours have emerged United are willing to meet his £74 million release clause.
According to Italian outlet Calciomercato (via Mark Brus of Metro), the Red Devils will trigger the clause in the summer transfer window.
Napoli, however, are hoping to tie the 28-year-old down to a new contract with an even higher release clause, which could put United off.
Despite what’s seemed like a disastrous campaign, United are still very much in the hunt for a Champions League place next term.
Being part of Europe’s elite competition will give the club a lot more pulling power, and that may open the door to the likes of Lukaku and Higuain.