An Italian journalist has claimed that Manchester City’s next striker could be Inter Milan and former Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku as Fabio Santini’s report was relayed by Sport Witness.
It is no secret that Manchester City are in the market for a new striker given the club’s all time record goal-scorer Sergio Aguero’s injury problems and the fact the Argentine is out of contract at the club in a matter of months.
Further to that, questions have been asked regarding Gabriel Jesus’ credentials as Aguero’s long-term replacement, with the Brazilian having netted on only four occasions so far this season.
Erling Haaland, Harry Kane and Lautaro Martinez have been three forwards linked with City in recent weeks however, the latter’s strike partner at Inter Milan, Romelu Lukaku may be another forward to add to that list.
Lukaku was one of several big money signings made by Manchester United in recent seasons with City’s local rivals paying £75 million for the Belgian in 2017. Since then a lot has happened and the 27 year old now finds himself playing under former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte in Italy.
Although, according to a report from Italian journalist Fabio Santini, Antonio Conte may not be the striker’s manager for much longer as he claimed that City had presented the Italian giants with an €80 million package for the forwards services.
The journalist claims that as well as a fee of €80 million, the club had also proposed the forward with wages in excess of €15 million annually, €5 million more than Lukaku currently earns at Inter Milan.
Lukaku wouldn’t be the first striker to move from the red half of Manchester to the blue side but since the publication of Santini’s rather wild report, a number of journalists have refuted the claims and played down the potential of Guardiola making a move for the Belgian.
Not least, the incredibly reliable Fabrizio Romano replied to City Xtra’s tweet on the report with an “❌” emoji.
Further to that, the Express reported that the Belgian striker had no intentions of leaving the Italian club for a return to the Premier League despite the Express claiming that Guardiola had “earmarked” the 27 year old as a potential successor to Sergio Aguero.
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