Manchester United have agreed a fee with Everton to secure the services of Romelu Lukaku this summer
Manchester United have made an official announcement to confirm that they have inched a step closer to signing Romelu Lukaku from Everton. The Red Devils have agreed the fee with the Merseyside club to complete the transfer of the Belgian striker, with the completion of the move subject to a medical and personal terms.
Lukaku’s career has been on an upward trajectory since he left Chelsea to join Everton, initially on loan in 2013 before making a permanent switch in the summer of 2014. So much so, that in the last four seasons, the player has become one of the most prolific powerhouses in the Premier League.
The aforementioned was evident last season, as Lukaku scored 25 goals in the Premier League to enjoy the most productive campaign of his senior career, while finishing second behind Harry Kane in the race to win the Golden Boot. Needless to say, he has rightly commanded interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
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Lukaku, though, is set to continue his career in England, albeit on a much larger platform than that at Everton, with Manchester United set to sign him this summer. The Red Devils had been battling Chelsea in pursuit of the Belgian striker, with Antonio Conte keen to find a replacement for Diego Costa as well.
But, it is Manchester United who have come up trumps in the race to sign the 24-year-old, with the club reaching an agreement over the transfer fee for the player. The move is now entering its final details with only personal terms left to be agreed on following which the medical will take place.
Indeed, Jose Mourinho has been in desperate search of a striker following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose long-term knee injury spelled the end of his Manchester United career.
With the Swedish striker now no longer a part of the first-team setup at Old Trafford, Marcus Rashford and the versatile Anthony Martial remained the only recognised options for the Portuguese manager. Mourinho, though, has addressed the issue on his hands as Manchester United are now inching closer to securing the services of Lukaku.
The Belgium international brings with himself more than half a decade of experience in the Premier League despite being all of 24, and his pace will be a big complement to the playmaking abilities of Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Thus, with only the last few formalities of the deal left, Lukaku is set to become a Manchester United player soon, and it remains to be seen if he can help the club mount back to the top of English football in the forthcoming campaign.