Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke believes that Romelu Lukaku would be a sensational addition at Old Trafford next season.
Questions surrounding Lukaku’s future were amplified after talks over a new contract between the Belgian and Everton came to a halt following the club’s refusal to include a buy out clause of less than £90m in the new deal.
It has been reported that Jose Mourinho, who sold Lukaku to Everton back in 2014, had been keeping a close eye on the striker – alongside full back Seamus Coleman – this season.
And Yorke, speaking on talkSPORT, was quick to enthuse about the prospect of Lukaku coming to Man United over the summer.
“He will be the topic of the summer. There’s a lot of people seeking his interests. He’s been tremendous,” he said.
“He’s not only scoring goals but leading the line as well. He’s very different. He’s raw in his approach like [Marcus] Rashford, running at defenders, taking them on, scoring goals and playing well.
“He will be someone every top club in the country and the world will be looking to have.
“He’s saying the right things – he wants to win the Premier League and play with the best teams in the world and that’s a clear message to the big clubs.
“There is no surprise the likes of United and other big clubs will be linked with him in the summer.”
Mourinho has always placed his faith in players capable of producing powerful performances over an extended period of time, and it was for this reason that he offloaded Lukaku during his time at Chelsea. The Belgian, whilst unavoidably talented, couldn’t guarantee a steady stream of strong displays at N0.9, and such has remained the case on occasion during his time at Everton.
But it is worth remembering that Lukaku is just 23; the Belgian, one of just five players to have 50 Premier League goals by that age, will continue to improve over the years, and Mourinho will hope to see the Belgian’s new chapter at Old Trafford hold witness to greater levels of consistency and dominance as he approaches the zenith of his powers.