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Newcastle United eyeing surprise move for Romelu Lukaku

Published at :December 01, 2023 at 11:44 PM
Modified at :December 14, 2023 at 10:19 AM
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Romelu Lukaku is currently playing for AS Roma

Romelu Lukaku, an attacker for erstwhile Chelsea and Manchester United, is apparently the target of a surprise bid by Newcastle. With just 15 games this season, the Belgian has scored nine goals for AS Roma, Jose Mourinho’s team in Italy.

Additionally, an update from the Belgian publication Voetbalkrant suggests Newcastle is considering him. Lukaku is viewed by the Magpies as the perfect signing to strengthen their offensive options for the upcoming campaign, giving Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson a battle.

Lukaku is apparently apprehensive about going back to England, despite his previous achievements in the Premier League with clubs including West Brom, Everton, and Manchester United.

The 30-year-old, who cost a record £97.5 million to rejoin Chelsea in 2021, was sent out on loan after his 45 games in the Premier League yielded just 15 goals. He was unable to relive his glory days.

Roma is eager to sign him long-term, and it’s thought that the striker will be content to stay in the Italian city. According to sources, Chelsea would reportedly contemplate a bid of about £35 million for Lukaku in the summer of 2020—a substantial decrease from their original outlay. However, Newcastle may have to pay more given they are a Premier League opponent.

Lukaku’s game of tug can only become stronger if he keeps hitting all the right buttons through the end of the Roma campaign.

Even if Mourinho leaves the team in the summer, Antonio Conte might take over as manager because the striker is familiar with his strategies from their time together at Inter. But, if Lukaku wishes to remain in Italy, he may have to cut his £325,000 weekly salary in half.

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