Manchester United are ready to sell Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to oversee a major revamp of the playing squad at Old Trafford and the Belgium international could be a casualty.
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Solskjaer has used Lukaku sparingly since his appointment, allowing him to complete the 90 minutes in the Premier League just five times. He played just 17 minutes in midweek as United were beaten 3-0 by Barcelona.
Under the Norwegian’s management, Lukaku has scored six Premier League goals in 13 outings.
However, Marcus Rashford has emerged as United’s first-choice striker and the Telegraph claim that Lukaku will be allowed to leave if an acceptable bid is tabled in the summer.
Inter Milan, PSG and Bayern Munich are all touted as potential destinations, with United keen to recoup the £75million they paid to secure the Belgian’s signature from Everton.
The 25-year-old reportedly earns £255,000-per-week at United, meaning wages could be a stumbling block to any move.
Lukaku was never right for United.
He is a battering ram of a striker but poor on the ball, his first touch is, at best, erratic and he does not suit the lightning-quick United side Solskjaer is trying to build.
He is young enough to have retained the majority of his value, however, and he has shown that he can be an elite forward if given the right service.
Lukaku would surely top goalscoring charts in France or Italy, while he would be a fine long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski at Bayern.
At £75m it is hardly a punt, but United would do well to encourage a club to make a bid this summer; they need a more mobile and reliable forward than the ex-Chelsea star.