Brighton and Leeds are set to do battle in the transfer market yet again, with both clubs reportedly submitting offers for Lazio’s Jordan Lukaku.
Lukaku, who has been capped eight times by his country, made only one Serie A start last season in an injury-ravaged campaign, often having to be content with coming off the bench for Simone Inzaghi’s side.
While he had not had the best of times at the Stadio Olimpico over the past two seasons, the 26-year-old can be a useful attacking outlet from the left flank, providing 18 assists in 189 career appearances even though he has played primarily as a left-back (as per TransferMarkt)..
That is a position where Brighton could have a vacancy this season. Dan Burn, by trade a towering centre-back, frequently played on the left-hand side of defence last term and looks set to do so again for the foreseeable future.
That is because Bernardo, a natural left-back at the Amex Stadium, has been linked with an exit from the Seagulls recently, with West Ham and Newcastle among the clubs interested in the Brazilian (as per Sky Sports).
With Lukaku playing so little football since 2018 given his lengthy injury troubles, there would certainly be an element of risk to signing him. However, that is attenuated considerably by his knockdown asking price of £5m, while the possible departure of Bernardo could leave Brighton short-stacked in the left-back area.
Do you think Brighton should sign Jordan Lukaku for £5m?
As a Belgium international with 66 appearances in Serie A, the Seagulls could do a lot worse than looking to bring in Lukaku and free him from his Lazio torment.
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