Manchester United could be set to beat Chelsea to the signing of Romelu Lukaku.
According to BBC Sport on Thursday morning, Jose Mourinho’s side have agreed a fee in the region of £75m with Everton for the Belgian striker.
Manchester United have agreed a fee in the region of £75m for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 6, 2017
Lukaku had been one of Chelsea’s primary targets this summer, with Antonio Conte extremely eager to bring him back to Stamford Bridge this summer. However, their hesitancy in actually making a bid has allowed Man United to come in and steal a march on his signature.
That being said, until the contract is signed there is nothing stopping them from coming with an offer of their of their own in order to hijack the move.
The signing will be a major source of relief of Mourinho, who was becoming slightly anxious about the lack of transfer activity in recent weeks and was down a major striker with the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Defender Victor Lindelof arrived last month but deals for Nemanja Matic and Alvaro Morata had stalled, while Inter’s asking price for Ivan Perisic proved to be a brick wall. Antonie Griezmann, meanwhile, decided to stay at Atletico Madrid.
Assuming everything goes as planned, Lukaku could sign in time to travel with the rest of the Man United squad fo the club’s pre-season tour of the United States on Sunday.
Incidentally, the BBC have also reported that the deal for Morata will now not be going ahead.
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