Chelsea match Manchester United’s offer for Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea have matched Manchester United’s £75 million offer for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. On Thursday it was reported that Everton had accepted a bid from United, which was then played down by the Goodison Park club. It was reported late on Thursday evening that Lukaku would undergo a medical in Los Angeles, which is where he is holidaying with Paul Pogba, but there are currently reports which suggest a medical would be on Friday evening, presumably because they did not happen on Thursday, as was reported. The fact Chelsea have entered the race for the Belgian striker means that Lukaku himself is now responsible for his future. Does he sign for Chelsea or Manchester United?

Matt Law of The Telegraph broke the news less than an hour ago that Chelsea had indeed match United offer for the player, which is now being reported by multiple sources. The Stamford Bridge club will not match the agent fees included in the deal, which at this moment are unknown, leaving United, albeit slightly, in the driving seat. Lukaku is thought by Chelsea to want to head back to the club this summer, with agent Mino Raiola the driving factor behind the Lukaku’s transfer to United. This would mean that Lukaku may have to go against his agent and opt for Chelsea if he is not all that keen on United, which seemed to be the case yesterday.

I guess it will all depend on how Paul Pogba has sold the club to his friend, which will probably make opposition supporters think United have done a Liverpool and tapped players up, which is obviously not the case. As far as Everton are concerned, Lukaku will be leaving the club this summer after rejecting a new contract offer in March and they seem to have plans to sign Wayne Rooney this summer, who is out of favour at the Old Trafford club. The deals are separate entities, meaning one would not rely on the other, so if Lukaku decides to leave Goodison Park for Stamford Bridge, Manchester United will be left with egg on their faces after ceasing interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata this summer, which was widely reported on Thursday. Law stated the following in his article:

“It is understood that Chelsea still believe Lukaku would rather re-sign for them and, therefore, feel the player must make a decision based on either sporting reasons or on how much money Raiola will pocket.”

Chelsea now need to wait to see if Lukaku will demand a move to Chelsea this summer or whether he is happy to conclude his move to United, which must be getting close with multiple reports of a medical to be held in Los Angeles, which is where the United squad will head to on Sunday to commence training ready for the pre-season tour, which starts on Saturday 15th July 2017 against LA Galaxy. United reportedly remain confident of the deal being completed and will expect Lukaku to meet his new teammates on Sunday when they actually arrive in the United States of America. As far as this transfer goes, based on the information in the media, it is all still up in the air. We shall wait and see what becomes of it.

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