Manchester United Identify Romelu Lukaku Replacement In Wissam Ben Yedder

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Manchester United are eyeing a move for Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder to replace Romelu Lukaku, who looks set to leave the club this summer.

The 28-year-old hit 30 goals in all competitions last season and has attracted the interest of United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

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According to ABC Sevilla, United see the France international as a suitable replacement for Lukaku and may activate the £35.9m release clause in his contract to bring him to Old Trafford. The move, however, is entirely dependent on if Lukaku’s move to Inter does happen, with negotiations continuing with Inter attempting to raise funds through player departures before they can fund a bid worth the fee the Red Devils are demanding.

The Belgian’s agent Frederico Pastorello was seen arriving at Inter’s office on Tuesday and was quizzed about the speculation linking the number nine to Inter, in which he responded: “He [Lukaku] has publicly expressed his plans and desires [to leave United]. We’ll see what happens. Lukaku joining Inter is a dream, a difficult one to make happen as such, but I believe nothing is impossible. It’s not impossible and Inter is trying hard.”

In March of last year, Ben Yedder came off the bench to score a brace that knocked José Mourinho’s United side out of the Champions League in a result that saw Mourinho say: “In Sevilla, there are many players who would play in my team.”

The 5′ 7″ striker recorded 11 assists in addition to his 30 goals last season, making it a total of 41 goal involvements for Sevilla in the 2018/2019 season. In comparison, Lukaku’s 19 goal involvements (15 goals and four assists) for United last season is perhaps a reason why frustration grew with the former Everton forward, as well as his struggles in build-up play, and he now looks set to leave Manchester. If Ole Gunnar Solskjær see Ben Yedder as the player to fill the void, bringing him to the club will cost less than half of the fee United are demanding for Lukaku, thought to be around £75m and with the potential for it to be a low-pressure signing, it could be one worthwhile for Ed Woodward to make.

 

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  2. […] he may have to find a replacement for Lukaku if he were to leave. So far the only other striker linked to a move to Old Trafford has been Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder,  though this doesn’t seem to have […]

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