Analysis: Man United and PSG Step Up £45m Chase For Statistically Creative Romelu Lukaku

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PSG are reportedly very interested in bringing Romelu Lukaku to Paris this summer, the 22-year-old will be in high demand with Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Lukaku’s former club Chelsea also interested in the Belgium striker.

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Lukaku has 25 goals already this season and is clearly a very important player for Everton, but with the club underachieving and not able to promise him Champions League football, they will be concerned they are unable to keep one of their best assets.

According to a report this morning by the Daily Mirror the French giants will tempt Everton by tabling a £45 million bid for Lukaku this summer. PSG manager Laurent Blanc personally watched Lukaku on Sunday in Everton’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United and has reportedly identified him as the clubs number 1 target this summer with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract running out and uncertainty over the future of Edinson Cavani.

Manchester United have scouted Lukaku several times this season and feel they can tempt the striker away from Everton even if they do not qualify for the Champions League. If Everton were to sell Lukaku they would want to make a profit on the original £28million they spent on bringing the striker to Goodison Park from Chelsea in 2014. PSG remain confident they are able to seal the deal and convince him that they can win the Champions League; an ambition of Lukaku.

Romelu Lukaku recently suggested he doesn’t want to leave Everton in a fight, this may come after the John Stones incident last summer were the club rejected several bids from Chelsea and then rejected his transfer request. Lukaku has recently hinted he may leave Everton this summer in search of Champions League football, he says in a recent interview:

“I am 23 this summer. I have been playing since I was 16 and never had a taste of the Champions League; it is going to be seven years. You think about it – if it is going to happen? Champions League football is really the next step. Playing every three days is something I really enjoy. At one point, we were in the Europa League and we were playing constantly, it was enjoyable. You travel, you play a hard game, you have a good result, play well, it gives you confidence to play well in the league – you play well in the league. People acknowledge that you’re performing”

He goes on to say he doesn’t want to leave the Merseyside club with a fight and understands Everton showed faith in him when Chelsea didn’t but doesn’t deny a move may happen this summer.

“I don’t want to leave in a fight, if it happens, I won’t say this or that – it is going to be good for me personally and for the club. They were the ones who believed in me at the time nobody believed in me, and gave me a platform to perform. I have tried to repay them with good performances, but I have an agent who deals with the interest. I do not want to be bothered with it. I just want to play my football.” – See full interview.

So how does Lukaku currently compare to PSG’s current strikers, will he be an improvement on Cavani or Ibrahimovic?

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A stat that really impresses me is the chances Lukaku has made compared to Ibrahimovic and Cavani, he scores an impressive 1.63 per 90 minutes which is better than both Ibrahimovic (1.53) and Cavani (0.83). Every team in the world wants a striker who can score goals outside the area, unfortunately, Lukaku doesn’t score too well in this stat with (0.03), Ibrahimovic scores a much more impressive score with 0.17 and Cavani 0.09.

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There is no doubt that Cavani and Ibrahimovic are two of the best strikers in the world, that is why Ibrahimovic especially impresses me with his goals scored stat with 1.27 miles ahead of the other two, Lukaku is in second place with 0.62 and Cavani narrowly behind on 0.61. Strikers who can score goals are of course needed at all clubs, but strikers with that clinical edge in the box helps clubs win championships, Ibrahimovic once again scores a very impressive 1.10 with Lukaku second on 0.59, surprisingly Cavani is last with 0.53. Ibrahimovic once again leads the three strikers with shot accuracy scoring a very impressive 59%, Cavani is second on 57% and Lukaku third on 53%, this is really impressive for Ibrahimovic as he has had a total of 5.22 shots and has the best shot accuracy, Lukaku scores 3.50 with total shots and Cavani 3.16.

Considering his age and potential, it’s impressive how Lukaku holds his own against the two heavyweights from Paris, although if he is to ever reach the heights of Zlatan he will have to develop more of a clinical edge.

In summary, Lukaku would be a very good signing for any club in the world and at just 22 there he will only get better, PSG are likely to lose Ibrahimovic this summer and there is uncertainty over Cavani’s future, he would be perfect for PSG but they must be willing to pay a lot as Everton won’t sell easily, they’ll also have to fend off interest from Manchester United who are also likely to make a move for the Belgium international. Wayne Rooney’s decline has meant that United are also desperate for a world class striker and there is no doubt that in Lukaku, there is potential for him to fill that void.