Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pundit Says Mourinho Has Made Bid for Lukaku

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pundit Says Mourinho Has Made Bid for Lukaku

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UNITED made a bid for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, according to ESPN pundit Paul Marriner.

Lukaku, 24, was understood to be one of United's contingency options after Antoine Griezmann decided to stay at Atletico Madrid - but Chelsea are the favourites to sign the Belgium international.

United were also put off Torino figurehead Andrea Belotti's £88m release clause and have prioritised signing Alvaro Morata as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's replacement.

Former Ipswich player Marriner, who has been based in the US as a pundit and coach for nearly 30 years, claimed he was informed of United's attempt to sign Lukaku by Everton's 'sporting director', a probable reference to their director of football Steve Walsh.

"My mate is now the sporting director at Everton," Marriner said on ESPN. …

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