Manchester City aren’t fussed about Romelu Lukaku’s history at Manchester United, and are still interested in making a move for the Belgian forward, reports suggest.
City are believed to be on the hunt for a new striker ahead of the summer transfer window, and have started to eye up Lukaku as a target.
It would be fair to raise doubts over the likelihood of a deal due to his history at Old Trafford, as teams are often cautious about signing players who previously played for their rivals.
But City apparently don’t have any reservations about his history at United, claims The Athletic.
Lukaku spent two years at Old Trafford before leaving for Inter after falling out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He was never able to find his feet at United before leaving for Inter, where he found his form again.
And now, it seems the 27-year-old could be the answer to City’s long term striker issue.
The Citizens are favourites for the Premier League title, but beat Liverpool 4-1 on Sunday without a recognised striker.
Sergio Aguero’s time at the Etihad is likely drawing to a close, and it seems unlikely he will sign a new contract, with Barcelona looking at him with a view to convincing Lionel Messi to stay put.
Given their financial firepower, City have been linked with virtually every top striker around Europe – including Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane.
But Lukaku has now apparently emerged as a target due to his goalscoring exploits in Italy.
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The Belgian left United for Inter Milan in 2019 in a deal worth up to £74million, as Antonio Conte built his team around the forward.
He’s been on fire since swapping England for Italy, scoring 54 goals in 78 games during his time at the San Siro.
His contract runs until 2024, so it seems unlikely he will be sold on the cheap, but City are one of the few teams in the world with the financial clout to afford him.
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