Manchester United could make a surprise move for Chelsea flop Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to The Sun.
The report claims that the Red Devils could move for the Everton man in the upcoming transfer window, if they fail to secure the services of Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic, who could join Italian giants Juventus.
In fact, the report goes on to reveal that Lukaku is friends with Belgian teammate Marouane Fellaini, with it being suggested that Everton will want to recoup at least the £28 million that they paid the Stamford Bridge outfit to secure his signature one year ago.
Lukaku, of course, struggled at times at Goodison Park last term, but still managed to score 20 goals in all competitions for the club. There's no doubt about it, the potential signing of Lukaku will come a a a surprise for the Manchester United faithful, but there's no denying that the forward has a great deal of potential.
Ok, so his progression has slowed down of late, but he may well become a top striker, and he most certainly has something to prove at the highest level.
United make Varane enquiry
The Mirror, meanwhile, have reported that Manchester United have made an enquiry for the services of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
Varane, of course, has endured a tricky time at the Bernabeu over the course of the past year, having failed to hold down a regular place under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti, with the Mirror suggesting that he's grown frustrated at the club.
It appears, though, that Louis van Gaal and Co. will find it tricky to land the Frenchman, with new Real chief Rafa Benitez seemingly want to keep him in Spain.
Van Gaal plans stern pre-season test
Louis van Gaal has insisted that his pre-season plans for Manchester United this summer will help the team ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
The Dutchman has admitted that he wasn't entirely impressed with last summer's tour, but has seemingly changes important aspects this time round.
He told MUTV: “When you see our pre-season last year in the United States of America, we won everything playing against big, top clubs, and then we had to play our first match against Swansea City and we lost. That cannot happen next year.
“The most important aspect is building up our team with individual players so they are thinking like a team, but also we need fitness and match rhythm and therefore we have to play matches, but we also have to train. The problem was when we went to America we didn’t have so many times to train because we had to fly and travel a lot.
“Now though, we have improved our America tour because we have two basecamps and we are at the other side of America so we have lower temperatures and can build up our fitness better. Last year we had a lot of time differences. You cannot then train your body properly. Therefore it was not good."
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