Manchester United have announced that a fee has been agreed with Everton for Romelu Lukaku, with the standard medical and personal terms all that stands in the way of the £75m deal.
As we reported yesterday, Chelsea, the club Lukaku was initially expected to join, matched United’s £75m offer for the striker, which left any deal for the Belgian star hanging in the balance.
However, the Red Devils have now officially announced that Everton have accepted their bid for the 24-year-old, who netted an impressive 25 Premier League goals last season.
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Baring any last-minute hitches, Jose Mourinho looks to have got his man, with Lukaku taking the place in the United squad left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was released by the club in June after his contract expired.
The deal will also now see captain Wayne Rooney complete his move in the other direction, back to his boyhood club.
While United fans can look forward to seeing Lukaku spearhead their side’s title challenge, Chelsea supporters will no doubt be wondering just what Antonio Conte has up his sleeve after losing out on what looked to be a dead cert.
Reports are already suggesting that Diego Costa, who was expected to return to Spain this summer, may well stay at Stamford Bridge. Another option may be Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, who was himself strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford.