According to Italian source, Calciomercato, Leeds United have designs on Belgian Jordan Lukaku – the brother of Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku. The 26-year-old left-back has been at Italian giants Lazio since a 2016 transfer from Belgian side KV Oostende.
Lukaku’s football in Belgium began at a series of lesser-known clubs before being snapped up by Anderlecht as a youth player in 2006. H progressed through the ranks at the club, going on to make nine appearances for the first-team.
Since arriving at Lazio, he has gone on to make 85 appearances for the Italian side, 66 of these appearances being in Serie A. As well these 66 appearances, the younger Lukaku brother also has 69 appearances in the Belgian top tier, the Jupiler Pro League.
You would think that such a level of experience doesn’t come cheap, but Lazio are not said to be asking too much for the Belgian. Indeed, Calciomercato that both Leeds United and Brighton “would be willing to put about [€] 5 million on the plate.”
The left-back position has been something of bete noir for Leeds United over the past season or two. The Whites haven’t been able to find a natural left-back to tie down that position. Last season, The Cookstown Cafu, Stuart Dallas, made the problem p[osition his own. The trouble is, he’s a winger by trade, not a natural defender.
Bringing in a player such as Jordan Lukaku for such a small, potential fee would be both useful insurance and a bit of a no-brainer.