Will £75 Million Lukaku Win Us Some Money?

Friday, July 7, 2017 4:43 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 7, 2017 4:43 PM UTC

By the time you read this Romelu Lukaku may have made his big-money move to Manchester United. And by big, we mean huge. The reported fee is £75 million. It’s eye-wateringly gigantic.

<p>Whether it will prove to be money well spent we will find out in the next season of <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/2017-18-epl-outrights-see-short-odds-for-usual-six-suspects-long-odds-for-next-14/79975" title="2017/18 EPL Outrights See Short Odds For Usual Six Suspects, Long Odds For Next 14">the Premier League</a>. Until then it will be debated whether Lukaku is actually worth that amount of cash.</p><p>If you were being harsh Lukaku might be described as an old-fashioned centre-forward. One who has pace, power and an ability to break the back of the net with his strikes. It is also arguable that he has far from a deadly finisher. Clinical he is not. Subtle? Never. He’s a battering ram.</p><p>His goal return is still good, though at 0.47 goals per game in his career. Does that wow you? Well, that’s what £75m gets you these days.</p><p>There is no surprise that he has ended up at United. The deal provides a fascinating insight into how transfer business actually works. Lukaku has the same agent as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. All three signed for United last summer.</p><p>And there was us thinking that clubs tried to get the best players available rather than the players who work with their best agent.</p><p>What £75m doesn’t get you, by the way, is the favourite for the Golden Boot. Lukaku is second favourite behind Harry Kane <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4691&amp;book=Paddypower" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">at +500 with Paddy Power</a>. Kane is +300 <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">with Bet365</a>. For the record, Kane averages 0.54 goals per game over his career and has won the title the last two years.</p><p>Lukaku was four goals behind Kane last season and it would be reasonable to expect that a move to a more incisive and dangerous United team should see him bolster his tally. It is also possible that in a more incisive and dangerous team, however, that the goals are shared around more. Lukaku is no longer a big fish in a small pond.</p><p>In reality, these two don’t have much to beat. Alexis Sanchez, who was third, has had his problems at Arsenal, fourth-placed Sergio Aguero is always seemingly having to prove himself to Pep Guardiola while next on the list was Diego Costa, who is set to be bombed out by Chelsea.</p><p>Something else £75m doesn’t get you is the favourite for the player of the year. Lukaku is seventh on the betting list at +2000 <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4511&amp;book=888Sport" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">with  888Sport</a>. Eden Hazard is +900 with Unibet and Kane is next best at +1000 with paddyPower.</p>
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