Lukaku would be huge loss for Man Utd, claims former midfielder

Former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson has had his say on the future of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku has already expressed his desire to play in Serie A this summer amid strong links with a move to Italy.

Sky Sports reported last night that Inter Milan officials were due in the UK to try and secure a deal for Lukaku, who has been heavily criticised during his time at Old Trafford.

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The 26-year-old is seen as Inter boss Antonio Conte’s prime target and his signing looks to be a question of whether the Nerazzurri can raise the funds for the Belgian.

But ex-midfielder Kleberson believes Lukaku’s exit would represent a huge loss for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

If Romelu Lukaku is to leave the club, it will be a big loss for Manchester United,” he told, as quoted by Goal.

“I’m a big fan of Lukaku, he’s a great player. When you think about coaching, everyone wants to take him, he is a very good player to have in the squad. Whether he starts games or is on the bench, he will always help the team to score goals. If he starts up top, you can play off him and help the midfield and other forwards to score more goals.”

Lukaku scored just 15 goals in all competitions last season and was demoted to the bench by Solskjaer behind Marcus Rashford who led the line towards the end of last season.

Kleberson believes the striker should be given another chance to move himself next season, but would be understanding of his decision to leave the club.

I understand if Lukaku wants to leave and play more games. He didn’t start too many games for Man Utd last season. Strikers survive on goals and statistics, it’s tough. The season changed so quickly for him, if players prepare mentally in the pre-season, he may find his feet again. I hope he decides to stay at Manchester United for one more year and proves his worth,” the Brazilian added.

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