Man Utd: The first six fixtures of the new Premier League season
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Manchester United sold Romelu Lukaku back in the summer transfer window of 2019. But the Belgium international is now back in the Premier League, having joined Chelsea for a second time. And he could make his debut against Arsenal on Sunday.
Manchester United landed Lukaku back in the summer transfer window of 2017, when Jose Mourinho ruled the roost.
The 28-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Everton in a huge £75million deal after the Red Devils missed out on Antoine Griezmann, who chose to stay at Atletico Madrid.
But while Lukaku scored 28 times in his first season at the club, he then struggled in his second.
United then chose to offload the striker to Inter Milan but, now, the striker is back in the Premier League with Chelsea.
Publicly, the Red Devils are yet to talk about Lukaku and his move to Stamford Bridge.
But Eurosport’s Dean Jones, speaking on The Football Terrace podcast at the start of this month, claimed United were ‘excited’ about the forward moving back to England.
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The reason why? Because it gives them a clearer path when it comes to landing Erling Haaland.
Haaland is United’s top transfer target for next summer, where he’ll be available for a fee of £66m.
And with Chelsea signing Lukaku, the Red Devils believe that can work in their favour.
“It hasn’t quite come through as far as Chelsea hoped it would by now, I think it would be fair to say,” he said.
“Borussia Dortmund will be closing the door at the end of the week because they need to focus on the new season. Erling Haaland knows that he has so many options open to him next summer.
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“Man United, by the way, are becoming quite excited by all this – the fact that Haaland might still be on the market next summer.”
With Chelsea signing Lukaku, they may now focus on other areas of their squad in the coming years ahead instead.
And United are expected to pursue Haaland with everything they’ve got once the current campaign comes to an end.
Lukaku is expected to make his debut when Chelsea face off against Arsenal in their Premier League showdown on Sunday.
And whether he’s able to help Thomas Tuchel’s side pick up another three points remains to be seen.
Lukaku previously opened up on his move away from United last year, saying: “One bad year can happen to everybody in their career.
“It was just done for me. You know what happened behind the scenes, it was just done. For me, it was done.
“It was a difficult situation where for myself I had to make a decision where I have to go somewhere where I can learn other aspects of my game and work with somebody that wanted me as well.
“Ole wanted me to stay, but I told him I was over. I didn’t have the energy. All credit to him because he’s been a man and he helped me make the move away.”
Lukaku then said at the time that Solskjaer was doing a ‘good job’ in the United dugout.
“They’re going the right way because they’re bringing in the right players,” Lukaku said.
“Ole is doing a good job and the results are going for them. I’m wishing them nothing but the best.
“It’s a club that gave me a platform that I’ve never seen in my life, so for me to be disrespectful about Man U or any other club I played for in England I think is a bit childish.
“I think I went past that stage of talking back to people.”
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