Manchester United were reported on Thursday morning by a number of respected journalists and BBC Sport to have ‘agreed’ a £75m deal with Everton for striker Romelu Lukaku. It was certainly telltale that these independent claims all emerged at the same time, suggesting some kind of semi-formal media briefing had taken place.
But virtually no sooner had that story come out, others were claiming that the deal isn’t quite as close to completion as has been made out. Although there is still more weight behind the ‘nearly done’ arguments, it leaves the whole thing very much up in the air for the moment.
Sky Sports News anchor and talkSPORT host Jim White, known to be close to Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, has claimed his sources have told him ‘no deal is reached’ and that reports of the £75m agreement are ‘incorrect’ at this moment in time.
— Jim White (@JimWhite) July 6, 2017
If true, it doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but there may be a slight hold up for a few days.
Similarly, Darren Lewis from the Daily Mirror believes that Chelsea are not out of the race for Lukaku. The Belgian had been expected to return to his former club until the United talk emerged in such spectacular fashion this morning.
Will they, won’t they?