Manchester United target Romelu Lukaku is reportedly ready to leave Everton, but the Red Devils could face competition for his signature from Juventus, who are considering him as a replacement for Alvaro Morata.
According to Italian outlet Tuttosport (h/t the Daily Star's James Walters), Lukaku, Christian Benteke and Marseille's Michy Batshuayi are all being considered by the Bianconeri if Morata leaves this summer, and the Toffees striker has his "suitcases in hand."
Further, United boss Jose Mourinho is "likely to be on red alert" about the Belgian's situation, as he is among his reported targets.
Per the Daily Star's Tim Gray, Lukaku confirmed he is targeting a move away from Goodison Park in search of silverware.
"I’m at a point where I have to make a good career choice," he said. "We have a new investor at Everton, and out of courtesy I will listen to what he has to say. But I have my own ideas in mind. I want to win titles. I have had a very good season, but it is time for me to write myself a CV."
Understandably, Everton fans appear not to have taken his comments lightly, per the Mirror's David Anderson:
It does seem the most likely scenario is a departure from the club this summer. After bagging 25 goals in all competitions for the Toffees in the recently concluded season, he'll have no shortage of suitors, with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain also reported as interested by Walters.
Per WhoScored.com, Lukaku is a ruthless finisher:
The forward's goal against former side Chelsea in the FA Cup in March demonstrated all of his best qualities: power, technique and an eye for goal.
However, the 23-year-old still has room for improvement—on too many occasions, misplaced passes or poor touches let him down. His failure to find the net in the final 10 games of the campaign will also be a concern.
Football writer Seb Stafford-Bloor has spotted another deficiency in his game:
Nevertheless, Lukaku remains an excellent prospect with an excellent future ahead of him in the game. Everton aren't likely to let him leave cheaply, but he could make a strong signing for a side challenging for the title.
The defender caught the eye on the opening day of the season while playing in midfield against Arsenal, and according to Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol, the reported bid would need to be improved upon to have a chance of succeeding:
Football writer Nooruddean Choudry remains unconvinced on Oxford:
Despite his impressive debut, he went on to make just six further league appearances over the course of the campaign.
While not that surprising—he only turned 17 in December—it would seem strange to shell out so much for a player who is unlikely to feature much in United's first team for at least another year or two.
The future looks bright at West Ham, with the club set to move into London's Olympic Stadium this summer, and they've got little incentive to part with one of their most promising youngsters.