Manchester United secured the signing of Romelu Lukaku for a fee of £75million back in 2017 (Goal).
Now, after a torrid last campaign, reports suggest that the Belgian striker could be sold and replaced in the summer.
According to an exclusive report covered by The Sun, Lukaku’s future is in doubt at Old Trafford and Solskjaer is lining up a £40million move to hire the services of French striker Moussa Dembele.
The British source have claimed the the Norwegian manager wants young blood at United as opposed to marquee signings and I think that Dembele fits the bill.
The Les Bleus center forward was a superstar at Fulham before he moved to Scotland and made his name with Celtic under the management of former Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers. Now, the 22-year-old star plays for Lyon, where he has not started regularly but his stats are still impressive.
In the current campaign, so far he has made 19 league starts for the French club and directly contributed in 19 goals (14 goals and 5 assists). In all competitions, he has started 31 times for Lyon, scored 21 goals and provided 6 assists.
Dembele’s current contract with the Ligue 1 club will expire in 2023 and earlier this month, renowned French outlet, L’Equipe, reported that he is valued at around 50 million euros (£43.6million).
In my view, Lukaku, who only netted 12 Premier League goals in the recently concluded campaign, should be offloaded. Apart from a terrible goal-scoring record, the Belgian’s work-rate has been poor as well.
As far as Dembele is concerned, the young forward has pace and a quality eye for goal. So far, he has not played for France’s senior international team and a move to a club like Manchester United could be a big step up in his career and should motivate him to earn his first call-up.
In your opinion, is Dembele good enough to replace Lukaku at Old Trafford?