Romelu Lukaku is the subject of more speculation surrounding a Manchester United exit.
The Mail report comments from his agent confirming that he is trying to get him to Inter Milan.
Belgian football expert Kristoff Terreur told Sky this week Lukaku wants to leave because he does not want to be second choice at United to Marcus Rashford.
Sadly, this says it all. Lukaku isn’t up for the fight.
United’s great Treble team in 1999 had four top strikers competing for places.
Lukaku doesn’t want it, and is ready to give up. And that attitude explains why he hasn’t been able to kick on at United, a club which demand absolute winners.
No pleasure in failure
We wanted Lukaku to succeed at Old Trafford. We would still like him to really.
It would be fantastic to see him turn around, say he’s up for the challenge, smash in 30 goals plus next season and lead United to a trophy.
Instead it seems he has hit the wall at United.
Goals against top six teams were a problem at Everton and it has blighted him at United too.
In two seasons at United, Lukaku has scored 16 goals in 2017/18 in the Premier League, and just 12 this past campaign.
His last year at Everton saw him net 25. The hope was that playing in a better team would help him ascend to new heights, but instead he is less prolific.
He would leave the club this summer as a failure, with no trophies, and little individual accomplishment. Does he really want to go out like that?
United have spent £90 million on Lukaku in total, The Times report, with add ons in the deal met.
So we are within our rights as a club to look for similar back. Inter are currently nowhere near meeting those demands.
If Lukaku does end up staying, he needs to show fight, and play harder than he ever has done. We still believe there’s a 30 goal a season striker in there somewhere.
But if Inter can sell Icardi and get together a fee for Lukaku, we don’t have a problem at all with United spending the money on a striker who is willing to battle Rashford to be number one.
United need winners right now, players willing to drag the club back to the top, not walk away when the going gets tough.