Manchester United Have Agreed A Fee With Everton For Romelu Lukaku

by Edgar Hayes July 7, 2017, 0:04

As news broke on Thursday that United were in talks over a £75m deal to sign Everton forward Lukaku, the transfer most suspected would never happen moved a giant step closer.

The confidence at Old Trafford is such that sources have indicated the player, who is now on holiday in Los Angeles, could be signed in time to join up with his new team-mates as they continue their pre-season in the United States.

For the moment, though, Everton has refused to confirm or deny a finished transaction.

Lukaku has been in prolific form in the last two seasons, scoring 25 and 26 goals respectively, with the Belgian five short of 150 career club goals.

Rooney was scheduled to fly with Manchester United for their pre-season tour of America, where Lukaku now holidaying after being given permission to remain in Los Angeles by Everton.

Therefore the Toffees are nearly certainly preparing for life without Lukaku and looking at options they could bring into the club to fill the void left by a player who scored 26 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions in 2016/17. United will depart for North America on Sunday, so the deal is likely to be finalized - if it is indeed fully agreed upon already - by that time.

Lukaku's previous association with Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho at Chelsea also comes as a huge plus for the club.

Lukaku was a boyhood Chelsea supporter and has designs on returning to west London and proving himself at the club that sold him for £28m three years ago.

Now, United have got their man, have got a new No 9 with Premier League pedigree and if we can create as many chances as we did last season, he'll be a revelation for United.

The 31-year-old's future has been the subject of considerable speculation in recent months, with reports linking him with moves to the United States and China.

Meanwhile Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is reported to be heading the other way, set to rejoin Everton, the club where he originally made his name.

Lukaku, who hit the back of the net 26 times previous year for Everton, was expected to go back to Stamford Bridge, a club he left in 2014 while under the guidance of Mourinho.

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