Manchester United to include Wayne Rooney as part of Romelu Lukaku offer?

If Man United aren't able to qualify for the Champions League ahead of next season, it would make a deal for the Belgian nearly impossible, but as we've seen from Mourinho's first summer window at Old Trafford, he can be very persuasive, signing the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly with only Europa League football to offer.

Lukaku is seen at United as a long-term replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic regardless of whether the Swede plays for the Red Devils again after his devastating knee injury.

The Manchester United boss is a big fan of the Premier League's top scorer, who has been in splendid form for Everton this season.

Manchester United are considering using Wayne Rooney as bait in an attempt to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton, according to the Mail Online.

Everton are reluctant to offer more than £10m for Rooney, who will have to take a £100,000-a-week pay cut if he returns to his boyhood club.Rooney accepts he will leave United this summer despite claiming earlier this week that he wants to continue at Old Trafford. While a return to Everton appeals, there may be more lucrative options on offer in China and America's Major League Soccer.

Mourinho has been sceptical of the Belgian in the past allowing him to leave Chelsea for £28m to join Everton.

Man United want £17m for the £250,000-a-week frontman.

Rooney could earn his last appearance against Crystal Palace in the final game of the Premier League season with Mourinho prepared to ring in the changes ahead of the club's Europa League final versus Ajax.

  • Julie Sanders