Manchester United agree £75 million deal for Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United have agreed a £75 million deal with Everton for Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku seemingly beating Chelsea to the signature of the player this summer, according to the BBC. United manager Jose Mourinho has been trying to deal with Real Madrid for Alvaro Morata with reports of a €90 million asking price for the Spanish striker, but with this news it has been suggested that United’s chase for the former Juventus striker is now over. 24-year-old Lukaku offers Premier League experience, scoring 25 goals in the league last season and has a very good relationship with Paul Pogba, which could also be put to good use on the pitch.

The move could also suggest that Wayne Rooney could be heading back to Goodison Park a deal which will not be connected to this one. United will be looking to get this deal done before Sunday when the squad leave Manchester for Los Angeles to commence training ahead of their pre-season tour of the United States of America which will see them face LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona before returning to Europe where United will face Valerenga on Norway and Sampdoria in Dublin before contesting the UEFA Super Cup with Real Madrid in Macedonia. It will give Mourinho and United two full days after today to get the deal done.

It had been speculated that Lukaku would return to Chelsea this summer, the team who signed him from Anderlecht in 2011, selling him to Everton in 2014, even with the speculation which suggests Diego Costa will leave Chelsea for Atletico Madrid, despite not being able to play for the La Liga club until January as their transfer ban, which is actually a ban on registration of players was upheld until the start of 2018. Lukaku is a client of Mino Raiola, the agent whose United clients already include Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and of course former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In March, the Belgian striker turned down a lucrative contract offer from Everton which could have seen him earn around £140,000 per week, stating:

“I don’t want to stay at the same level. I want to improve and I know where I want to do that.”

United would seem to have a capable striker in Lukaku with many United supporters seemingly upset that Alvaro Morata may now not be heading to the Theatre of Dreams, but at the end of the day, if Real Madrid were not going to do a deal with United, if they actually wanted the player, it serves them right for being greedy. Asking an excessive sum of money for a player who in effect was a bench warmer could have always ended this way. Lukaku will be a good replacement for Ibrahimovic who scored 28 goals in all competitions last season with the Belgian scoring 25 in the Premier League last season, missing out on the golden boot to Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane who scored 29 goals.

Looking at Lukaku’s season in the Premier League for Everton, he made 37 appearances, scoring 25 goals. His shot accuracy was 64% and he created 46 chances for his teammates. Lukaku’s passing was not that great at 66%, but that could improve at United with the team Mourinho is currently building. Lukaku also averaged one defensive action per match, which is good to see from a striker. Chances are at United he may not have to do that regularly with the defensive reinforcement of Eric Bailly last summer and Victor Lindelof this summer. Next season could be another good one for United and it does seem that Lukaku will be playing in the UEFA Champions League in a bid to announce himself in the elite European stage.

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