Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler says he is “baffled” by Romelu Lukaku’s decision to join Manchester United over Chelsea.
The Belgium international is set to link up with Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho, who was his boss at Chelsea, and Fowler claims the decision is a mystifying one, despite admitting he believes Lukaku will score goals at Old Trafford.
In an article for the Mirror, he wrote: “I have to admit I’m baffled by Romelu Lukaku’s decision to join Manchester United.
“It’s a funny one, why would he want to go and play for a manager who has already twice deemed him not good enough, which is exactly what Jose Mourinho has done, whatever way he wraps it up.
“Ok, I get he’ll say he’s improved, I get he is no doubt a better player, but really? It’s a strange one for me, especially as this deal looks suspiciously like it is a last minute deal.
“Everyone said he was nailed on for Chelsea and they were quietly confident, United seemed to be in for Morata, so what has changed so much to persuade Lukaku to risk his confidence, reputation and future with Mourinho.
“The fee is part of it, obviously. When a club pays £90million with add-ons for a striker, then there’s a good chance if he doesn’t play, then it is the manager who will pay the price for that, not the player.
“I do believe he’ll score goals too, which is the bottom line on why they’ve paid so much for Lukaku – and no matter which way you look at it, it’s a helluva price for any player, let alone someone who still has quite a bit to prove at the highest level.”