Man Utd Agree £75m Transfer Fee For Everton’s Romelu Lukaku With Rooney Set To Go The Other Way
After losing out on Antoine Griezmann this summer, the Red Devils were chasing Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata and Everton contract rebel Romelu Lukaku as Jose Mourinho is in desperate search of a new striker.
Manchester United suffered a huge blow in their Alvaro Morata pursuit as Real Madrid have rejected their improved bid of around €80m (£71m) for the Spanish striker, FootTheBall has learned.
Welcome @RomeluLukaku9 to Manchester United. First game in red hopefully against LA Galaxy over in Los Angeles on 15th July.
— Craig Norwood (@CraigNorwood) July 6, 2017
But now Manchester United have agreed a transfer deal with Everton for their Belgian striker Lukaku and will not now be pursuing their interest in Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.
Earlier, last month Real Madrid have turned down United’s initial £52million bid for Alvaro Morata, and it is believed that they are holding out for an offer in the region of £80m for the Spanish striker, who was not a regular figure in the first-team last season.
Man Utd launched an improved offer of around €80m (£71m) for securing the signatures of the Spanish forward but the Los Blancos have now rejected the bid as they want to make a huge profit on Morata.
FootTheBall has now learned that the Real Madrid hierarchy are now holding out for an offer of €90m (£79m) for the Spanish striker.
But the Manchester United bosses decided against going any further with the Morata deal and instead they have now reached an agreement with Everton for Lukaku, who was keen on returning to Champions League football.
The #MUFC squad fly out for their pre-season tour on Sunday afternoon, club hopeful medical/terms done for Lukaku to be on that plane.
— Craig Norwood (@CraigNorwood) July 6, 2017
And Mourinho is confident that that Man Utd would complete the Lukaku deal by the end of this week as he wants the Belgian to join the Red Devils squad before they fly off to to the United States on Sunday for a pre-season tour.
It is beleived that Manchester United capitalised upon Wayne Rooney’s Everton return to reach an agreement with Everon over the transfer fee for Romelu Lukaku.
Wayne Rooney is set for a sensational return to Everton by the end of this week.
Man Utd’s all-time leading goalscorer had joined the Red Devils in 2004 for a £26.5m transfer fee and now the former England skipper is all set to reunite with his boyhood club.
And FootTheBall sources now reveal that Man Utd banked upon Wazza’s return to hijack Chelsea’s move for Lukaku.
Chelsea boss Conte wanted to bring back Everton contract rebel Romelu Lukaku. The Italian had identified the Belgian striker as his top priority and wanted to finalise the deal as early as possible.
Lukaku had been linked with a move back to his former club after he reversed his decision to sign a new deal at Everton.
Lukaku has a vast experience of Premier League football and this had convinced Conte to make a move for the Belgian, who has displayed incredible form in the 2016-17 season.
The Belgian forward has been under the radar of top-flight European clubs following his sublime for the Toffees last season.
The Belgian superstar had refused to sign a new £130,000-a-week contract with the Toffees as he was aware that he could pocket more cash elsewhere and was also eager to return to back to Champions League action
He displayed incredible form this season at Everton – with 25 goals to his name that helped the club to finish seventh in the Premier League table – behind Manchester United.
The Blues found it difficult to launch a tempting bid for Lukaku as Diego Costa is not ready to part ways with the London club.
Antonio Conte told Costa that he is not wanted at Chelsea next season and the Spanish striker is furious at the lack of respect the Blues boss showed by snubbing him by TEXT.
It is believed that Chelsea will face an uphill task in recovering the £32m they splurged for roping in Costa three years ago after he publicly disclosed that he is no more in Conte’s plans for the next season.
But the Spanish striker is no mood to make a mega-money switch to China and instead he wants to reunite with his former club Atletico Madrid when the transfer embargo is lifted in January.
And Rooney’s sensational return to Everton helped United to launch a world-record move for Lukaku.
Man Utd legend Rooney has been axed from the Red Devils squad that will fly off to the USA on Sunday for their pre-season campaign.
Rooney has found life difficult at Man Utd after the arrival of Jose Mourinho. He has gone down the pecking order and has played the role of a fringe player last season.
He had been linked with a move to China during the January transfer window but sources claim that his agent failed to agree in principle over a transfer with two Chinese Super League clubs.
Earlier, Everton had cooled down their interest in Wayne Rooney, but sources close to both the clubs revealed that the transfer move is on the brink of completion with Old Trafford officials saying last night that the deal is all but done.
The English striker had given a nod to the deal after a summer break when he discussed his future in detail with his wife Coleen and other members in his family.
There were no concrete offers from the MLS and interest from the Chinese Super League has also cooled down because of the Beijing government’s new 100 per cent tax on foreign signings.
And earlier this year, Rooney had accentuated that if he had to play in the Premier League, he would either stay put at Man Utd or he would join the Toffees, where he began his footballing career.
FootTheBall sources confirm that Everton will match his existing £250,000-a-week wage packet on a two-year deal, with an additional option of extending the contract by a year.
Koeman is busy bolstering his squad with the expected Lukaku cash, and has already roped in five players, including keeper Jordan Pickford, defender Michael Keane and midfielder Davy Klaassen.