By Dave Marshall
Manchester United are reportedly closing in on a sensational deal to sign Romelu Lukaku in a world-record deal, according to a publication by BBC. Chelsea had been touted as huge favourites for the signature of their former player, and the player himself preferred a move to London ahead of Manchester, as he believes he has unfinished business at the club he had supported as a teenager because of his idol, Didier Drogba.
Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte has grown frustrated with his club’s inactivity so far in the transfer window, and has told the club to speed up the transfer for Romelu Lukaku, however, the relations between Lukaku’s club, Everton and the Blues is not at its best, after the Merseyside were left seething about the transfer of John Stones two summers ago.
The BBC also reports that the Lukaku was included in the list of transfer targets the Portuguese manager gave Ed Woodward, the Manchester United chief.
Lukaku is ready to leave Everton as he is very ambitious, and keen to test himself alongside bigger and better players, and playing in the UEFA Champions League. The 24-year-old rejected the club’s offer of a new contract earlier in the summer.
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho will use Wayne Rooney as a makeweight in the deal, as the United captain looks set to return to the club he started his career as a precocious 16-year-old back in 2002.
Lukaku joined Everton permanently in 2014 and has seen his stock rise over the years. He scored 25 league goals last term, just 4 shy of Harry Kane, who won the Golden boot.