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Man United eye shock reunion with Lukaku as potential Zirkzee alternative

Manchester United are reportedly considering a shock move for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku if they fail to sign Joshua Zirkzee, according to Calciomercato.

United are in the market for a new striker and Zirkzee remains their primary target. However, they’ve already begun making contingency plans if the Dutchman’s transfer falls through.

Manager Erik ten Hag recently held talks with the Bologna striker and his representatives, emphasising his desire to work with the former Bayern Munich ace at Old Trafford.

The 23-year-old’s contract has a £34 million release clause that is valid until mid-August, which United have expressed a willingness to trigger.

United also have no problems meeting his agent’s £13m commission but Zirkzee has yet to give them the green light to proceed with negotiations.

The Netherlands international reportedly favours a move to AC Milan, but the seven-time European champions have refused to accept his agent’s demands.

Arsenal and Juventus have also expressed interest in Zirkzee, but United are in pole position to sign him.

However, if United fail to close a deal for the Dutchman, they would reportedly consider bringing Lukaku back to Old Trafford.

The Belgium international striker spent last season on loan at AS Roma, bagging 21 goals and four assists in 47 games across all competitions.

Roma opted against making his move permanent, but Chelsea are desperate to get him off their books and will welcome offers of around £37m for him.

The Saudi Pro League has been touted as a likely destination, while Napoli have shown an interest. New manager Antonio Conte has described Lukaku as a ‘top player‘.

Any move for Lukaku will likely spark unrest amongst the United fanbase, considering his unceremonial departure from Old Trafford last time around.

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