Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku ‘could be perfect’ as a replacement for Victor Osimhen as the Premier League giants chase Napoli’s free-scoring talisman.
That is according to Aldo Serena, who represented AC Milan, Inter and Juventus during a storied Serie A career. Serena was a reliable source of goals during a number of spells at San Siro but Lukaku, in contrast, is only adding fuel to the argument that going back to your old club is a move fraught with danger.
Lukaku fired Antonio Conte’s Inter to Serie A glory in 2021. Since returning on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea, however, the Belgian has scored just five times in 19 games; Lukaku’s second spell in blue-and-black ruined by poor form and niggling injuries.
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Serena is not writing off Lukaku on the back of two highly-underwhelming seasons. Should Napoli cash in on Capocannoniere-in-waiting Osimhen – two of Lukaku’s former employers going head-to-head for his signature – then Napoli could worse than to look at a man who will be desperate to prove that reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.
“If I were (Napoli coach Luciano) Spalletti and I couldn’t turn down a massive offer from an English club,” Serena tweets. “I’d ask Spalletti if he’d be interested in replacing Osimhen with Lukaku.
“If Inter no longer wanted to keep him, I think (Napoli) could be the perfect place for him.”
Sir Alex Ferguson famously quipped that dealing with Daniel Levy was more painful than his hip replacement. Well just wait until you are sitting across a table from Napoli honcho Aurelio de Laurentiis.
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“He’s a striker you expect to score in every game,” says former Partenopei midfielder Salvatore Bagni (Libero).
Bagni believes Napoli will sell Osimhen, but only for a three-digit sum. “In July, he’ll go away for £100 to 120 million. That’s right for him.”