Louis van Gaal expects to stay at Manchester United and wants to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, according to Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague.
In a Q&A for Sky Sports, Balague also revealed that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is telling people close to him that a deal is done with the Red Devils.
With Van Gaal's future at Old Trafford uncertain, Mourinho has long been linked to the top job in Manchester, but it appears that there's still a long way to go in this saga.
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The majority of the Manchester United faithful are hoping to see Van Gaal depart the club sooner rather than later, but, according to Balague, he is very much planning for the future.
And that could lead the Dutchman and United to Belgium international Lukaku, who is one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League.
United want Lukaku
In fact, with 18 league goals this season, only the English duo of Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane have netted on more occasions.
Balague, then, has suggested that Lukaku tops the club's list as they go in search of improving their attack ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
The Spanish football expert stated: “I’ll tell you what people are saying and you can make of it what you want. Louis van Gaal thinks he is staying, he is planning for the future. He changed the club’s pre-season plans and he is giving his opinions on potential future strikers of Manchester United – of which Romelu Lukaku tops the list."
But there is, of course, the Mourinho-factor? Will the Portuguese tactician finally arrive in Manchester this summer?
Well, Balague has insisted that there's still a little bit of confusion surrounding Van Gaal and Mourinho.
He continued by saying: "Mourinho’s people are saying everything is done and Mourinho himself is telling people close to him the same thing. United, however, are saying that nothing is set in stone. As you can see there is a little bit of confusion there. I will leave it at that.”
Jose or Louis?
Should United stick or twist? Ultimately, the football on show at the Theatre of Dreams just hasn't been good enough for far too long. United have failed to score goals on a regular basis, while they haven't been able to rack up the points required.
Under Van Gaal's regime, the Red Devils haven't been able to move forward. Injuries, of course, have taken their toll on the Dutchman's squad throughout the course of the campaign, but the club have still flattered to deceive.
Perhaps, then, Mourinho is worth the gamble. The revered manager brings with him his own problems, of course, but his achievements in the game shouldn't be underestimated. United have changed and so has Mourinho; now could be the time for him to take to the Old Trafford dugout.
Manchester United fans: would Lukaku be a good signing? And should Mourinho replace Van Gaal? Have your say below!