Cristiano Ronaldo gives his approval to Juventus’ Romelu Lukaku move – because he believes the Belgian will sacrifice himself to help him
- Juventus and Manchester United are involved in a sensational swap deal
- Cristiano Ronaldo wants Romelu Lukaku to join him at the Serie A champions
- Juve consider the Belgian striker as a younger version of Mario Mandzukic
- They see him as the central pivot in a 4-3-3 formation next season
Cristiano Ronaldo has blessed Juventus’ move for Romelu Lukaku after they opened talks with Manchester United over a swap deal involving Paulo Dybala.
Juve have emerged as the Belgian striker’s most likely destination this summer, despite ongoing interest from Inter Milan.
Dybala’s agent and brother Mariano flew into London for talks with United bosses on Tuesday night as a move grows closer.
Cristiano Ronaldo has blessed Juventus’ move for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku
Juventus and United are in talks for a swap deal involving Lukaku and Paulo Dybala
The Italian champions are reshaping their forward line and see Lukaku’s relative youth at 26 as a vital ingredient for their future plans with Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain over 30.
They see Lukaku as a real market opportunity as well as one who will work well as the central pivot in a 4-3-3.
Juventus value Lukaku’s capacity for sacrifice and believe he would dovetail well with Ronaldo.
They consider him as a young Mandzukic due to his strength and ability to find the back of the net.
Dybala’s agent and brother Mariano flew into London for talks with United bosses on Tuesday
Ronaldo discusses tactics with Maurizio Sarri during last week’s clash with Inter Milan
It has been a busy summer so far in Turin and promises to continue through to the end of the window.
With the deadline fast approaching in just eight days’ time in England, teams across Europe still have until the end of August.
Juve followed up the appointment of Maurizio Sarri following the departure of Massimiliano Allegri with free moves for Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot.
Lukaku scored 27 goals in his first season at Old Trafford but struggled in his second campaign
Gianluigi Buffon rejoined after being released by PSG and Matthijs de Ligt joined from Ajax for £67.8m earlier this month.
Lukaku has spent just two years at Old Trafford after a £75m move from Everton in the summer of 2017.
After 27 goals in his first season he managed only 15 in a disrupted second campaign where he lost his place to Marcus Rashford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.