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Romelu Lukaku pictured training at Anderlecht as Man Utd exit looms

By CJ Smith

Published: 15:52, 5 August 2019

Wantaway Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has been pictured training with Anderlecht as his Old Trafford exit looms large.

The Belgium international joined the Red Devils from Everton in 2017 and has scored 42 goals in 96 games for the club since.

Lukaku’s transfer saga: Five key things to know…

  • Lukaku joined United from Everton in 2017.
  • Despite scoring 42 goals since, he’s never quite settled in at the Manchester club.
  • The Belgian has previously described playing in Serie A as a “dream”.
  • Inter and Juventus have both been heavily linked with Lukaku.
  • Now, he has been pictured training with former club Anderlecht.

However, Lukaku has often spoken of his “dream” to play in Serie A and, in what has been one of most drawn-out transfer sagas of the summer, both Juventus and Inter Milan have expressed interest in his services.

“Playing in Serie A is a dream, it would be really a dream,” he said in April. “I hope to be able to play sooner or later, even if at the moment I am focused on the United.”

Inter were the initial frontrunners for Lukaku’s signature but more recently, Juventus have looked a more likely destination, with a swap deal involving Paolo Dybala being rumoured.

Lukaku scored 41 goals in 98 games for Anderlecht between 2009 and 2011, all before even reaching the age of 19. Now, he has been spotted at the Belgian club’s training ground, in full kit, emerging for a training session.

Lukaku caused a storm over the weekend by posting Man Utd training stats showing the top speed of players from a session in Perth on July 10.

The video showed Diogo Dalot was top with a maximum of 36.4 kilometres per hour, while Lukaku was next on 36.25. Alongside the video, the 26-year-old wrote ‘Lack of pace’, accompanied by running and crying with laughter emojis.

Lukaku has since removed the post, with United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisting that is the end of the matter.

“I’ve spoken to Rom, yeah, to put it that way,” Solskjaer said. “And that’s case closed.”