English Premier side and Europa League champions Manchester United has agreed to a fee of £75 million for Romelu Lukaku a long time target of rivals Chelsea. At the same time, it is reported that United ended its negotiations to acquire Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.
Lukaku was reportedly headed to Chelsea when the transfer window opened for the summer, but United appeared on the scene when the Blues struggled making headway with Everton to sign the striker.
United manager Jose Mourinho hopes that the transfer of Lukaku will take place in time for the Belgian international to fly with the first team for its U.S. summer tour on Sunday.
Any possibility of a deal for Morata seems null at this point. On Wednesday, it was reported that United reached a deal with Morata’s reps but that its offer of €80 million was rejected by Real Madrid who said they value the striker at €90 million
Lukaku is to be reunited with Mourinho who was his boss at Chelsea, although he played just three matches under the Portuguese manager at the age of 21 during the 2013-14 campaign before he was sent on loan for the season to Everton.
Chelsea than sold him outright to Everton the next summer for £28 million.
Thus far, United has added Victor Lindelof a defender from Benfica to the club this summer, but the signing of Lukaku for the club’s second largest fee ever, would be the biggest high-profile move for them during 2017.
This agreement between Everton and Manchester United does not involve United’s captain Wayne Rooney. However, there are ongoing negotiations between the two Premier League clubs for the 31-year old veteran to return to Goodison Park where he started his Premier League career as a teen.
Lukaku has become one of the league’s best scorers during his three seasons with the Toffees. In 133 matches, Lukaku has scored 71 goals.
Everton was desperate to maintain their biggest scoring threat, especially after spending large sums of money to help the side try to reach the top four in the table.
However, Lukaku has been very vocal about wanting to play with a side that is in the Champions League and with their Europa League championship, United qualified automatically for that league next season.
In his first year with United, Mourinho helped his club move up in the standings, but a lack of scoring led the club to a number of draws rather than wins.