Lukaku trying to persuade Belgium team-mate to snub Chelsea and join Man Utd

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is working to persuade his Belgium team-mate Dries Mertens to snub a transfer to Chelsea and join him at Old Trafford this summer.

Mertens is regarded as a top target for Maurizio Sarri as he prepares to leave Napoli for Chelsea, but he’s also on United’s radar, according to CaughtOffside.

United have been in the hunt for attacking reinforcements this summer such as Willian and Gareth Bale after Alexis Sanchez’s slow start with the club.

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Meterns has shone for Napoli and would be an alternative to the likes of Willian and Bale, particularly as he’s linked up so well with Lukaku at the World Cup this summer.

Lukaku has enjoyed playing alongside the Napoli star and is now understood to be pushing him to join United ahead of next season.

It remains to be seen if this will prove successful as Sarri has a good working relationship with Mertens from their time together in Naples. The Italian tactician has got the best out of him in the past.

But, unlike Chelsea, United can boast Champions League football next season. He would also prefer to link up with Lukaku next season than the flop that is Alvaro Morata.

We’ll have to wait until after the World Cup to see if anything comes of this.

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