Chelsea and Manchester United face a new challenge in the race to sign Romelu Lukaku this summer, with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich the latest club to show an interest in the Everton star.
The Manchester Evening News report that the German giants, led by Carlo Ancelotti, are looking to the 24-year-old as a new string to their attacking bow as they attempt to break Real Madrid’s dominance in the Champions League next season.
The last Premier League golden boot winner to play for a team finishing outside the top 4 was Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink for Chelsea in 00/01. pic.twitter.com/k6w7VyPcOL
— GoalScorer Challenge (@GoalscorerC) May 30, 2017
The Toffees man hit 25 goals in the Premier League last season, pipped to the Golden Boot only by a stunning late surge from Tottenham’s Harry Kane as the pair lead the way in young attacking talent in the English top flight.
The newspaper reports that Lukaku’s father is keen on a switch to the Allianz Arena and a shot at Champions League glory, with the German champions showing the best recent pedigree at the very top level of any of his suitors.
If United do actually drop interest in Griezmann for Lukaku I wouldn’t want to be Lukaku. The stick he’ll get on here if he misses a sitter😂 pic.twitter.com/4UFAe4wahW
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) June 1, 2017
Each of the three clubs interested will have to shell out a figure close to – if not surpassing – the world record £89m paid by United for Paul Pogba last summer if they want to prise the Belgium international away from Goodison Park, after he rejected a bumper new contract late in the season.
His snubbing of the £140,000-a-week offer leaves Everton in a tricky position, with just two years remaining on his current deal. Faced with the prospect of losing their star man for a reduced fee next summer, when he will have just one year left to run on his contract, the Toffees may choose to cash in on the highest bid before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the summer.
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