According to reports, Manchester United have moved before Chelsea and agreed a £75 deal with Everton to bring Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford this summer. United are also being reported to have ended talks with Real Madrid for Alvaro Morata as the Spanish side have refused to reduce their asking price for the Spanish striker.
The club is hoping that a deal can be completed as soon as possible so that the striker can be included in the team’s lineup ahead of their preseason tour of the United States scheduled to commence on Sunday.
The reported agreement with Everton does not involve the movement of Wayne Rooney in the opposite direction. However, negotiations which may result in the return of the English man to Goodison Park are set to continue as reported.
According to reports, United had believed that Lukaku favored a return to Chelsea and that a deal that would see his return to Stamford Bridge was very close to conclusion. They had initially frowned at Everton’s £100 million valuation of Lukaku and thought that a move for Madrid’s Morata would cost less.
It turned out that the Madrid outfit valued the player at £80 million. Mourinho had managed Lukaku for a while in charge of Chelsea and it was he that approved the player’s move to Everton in 2014.
Lukaku has gone on to become one of the most prolific goal scorers and finishers in the Premier League in his time at Everton, hitting the back of the net 71 times in 133 games.
According to reports, Everton were keen to keep the services of the striker and have gone on a summer signing spree to give them a decent chance in the contest for a top 4 finish in the forthcoming season. However, Lukaku is said to have expressed his desire to play in the UEFA Champions League next season.