Sports journalist Duncan Castles has claimed that Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata’s moves to Manchester United and Chelsea have been unsuccessful.
Both strikers joined their respective clubs in the summer of 2017 in very expensive deals.
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Lukaku moved to Old Trafford from Everton in a massive deal reported to be worth an initial £75m, plus £15m in add-ons.
On the other hand, Morata joined the Blues from Real Madrid for a reported club-record fee of around £60m.
Meanwhile, Lukaku has fallen down the pecking order with United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prefers youngster Marcus Rashford ahead of him.
Morata at Stamford Bridge has been struggling to find the back of the net and is believed to be in his way moving to Atletico Madrid this month.
After costing Chelsea £57m in July 2017, misfiring striker Alvaro Morata is now being sold to Atletico Madrid.
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Therefore, journalist Castles insists Lukaku and Morata deals should be a warning message to other Premier League clubs.
“I think it’s telling that Chelsea invested so heavily in Morata at that time and here we are 18 months later and he’s surplus to requirements,” Castles told The Transfer Window podcast.
“Essentially, the second coach [Antonio] Conte wasn’t happy with him either and was about to move him out.”
“If you look at Lukaku at Manchester United, he has lost his place and is on the bench behind Marcus Rashford there.”
“So I guess it’s a warning for clubs that if you go shopping for a particular type of player and you buy someone you believe is not ideal for you but the best you can get on the market at the time, there could be repercussions down the line.”
Lukaku has managed to score 36 goals in 78 appearances for United while Morata netted 24 times in 72 appearances for Chelsea so far.