Paper Talk: Ruthless Solskjaer to ditch £75m Man Utd star

Date published: Saturday 20th April 2019 10:26

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to ditch a £75m Man Utd star this summer, while a top Arsenal defensive target favours a move to Serie A, according to Saturday’s papers.



Manchester United will reportedly listen to offers for Romelu Lukaku this summer as part of a “ruthless” squad shake-up being proposed by new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian is planning a summer revamp at Old Trafford and the Daily Telegraph claims that Belgian frontman Lukaku could be one of those that makes way.

Inter Milan, Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich are all believed to be among the clubs who have been sounded out about the 25-year-old.

Lukaku’s representative, Federico Pastorello, appeared to be putting the player in the shop window when he admitted in a television interview this month that his client’s future was “very open”.

He also added that a move to Italy appealed to his client and that Lukaku was “someone who loves to know a different culture, a different football”.

The report goes on to state that Antonio Conte, who has been linked with both the Inter and Juventus jobs and is also represented by Pastorello, would be interested in signing Lukaku if he landed either of those roles.

Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United

Conte missed out on Lukaku when he chose United over Chelsea back in 2017 following an initial £75 million move from Everton.

Lukaku has fallen behind Marcus Rashford as United’s first choice centre-forward since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho back in December, and there are major doubts that the Belgium international suits the style of football that the Norwegian wants to play at Old Trafford.

If Lukaku does leave, Solskjaer will use the funds the reinvest in his first XI as he looks to bring in several world-class signings this summer.


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