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United out of reckoning for Everton’s Lukaku

Red Devils looking at Morata after Griezmann approaches rebuffed

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Despite unconfirmed reports that the agent of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku wants him to move to Manchester United, it’s looking more and more likely that the Belgian will be transferring to Chelsea instead and the Red Devils are moving on in their search.

United were recently turned down by Antoine Griezmann, who said he would be staying at Atletico Madrid after all, ending one of the longest drawn out transfer rumours of the season. Now media reports say that the club could be upping their bid to £60m for Real Madrid’s backup striker Alvaro Morata to build their squad ahead of next season’s Champions League campaign.

In comments made to the media during the current international break, Lukaku indicated that he had made a decision regarding where he wanted to ply his trade next season, but was keeping his cards close to his chest.

"I don't want to stay at the same level. I want to improve and I know where I want to do that.

"We are now talking to the club. I know what's happening, but I will leave the talks to my agent.

"I know what's happening, but I can't tell you anything more.

"What I would like most is to play in the Champions League and try to win the Premier League once. Or better - a few times."

Coincidentally, during the same international break Chelsea lead striker from the last season Diego Costa just about confirmed his exit from the London club, saying that he had endured a torrid relationship with manager Antonio Conte, who had also informed him via text message that he had no future at Stamford Bridge.

It’s looking more and more now that Lukaku will be headed to Chelsea while United will revert to Morata for next season. Whether that will free up Anthony Martial or Michy Batshuayi remains to be seen, but Everton will certainly be paying keen attention as they attempt to replace the Belgian’s 25 goals this season.