Manchester United have officially confirmed that an agreement is in place to complete the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton, believed to be a for a fee of £75m rising to £90m.
As was the case with the arrival of Swedish defender Victor Lindelof earlier this summer, the announcement has been made ‘subject to medical and personal terms’, with the club to further confirm once those formalities have been taken care of.
It was widely reported late on Friday night that Chelsea had made a desperate late offer of their own to try and match the United proposal, but it appears the Premier League champions were too late or their package ultimately wasn’t as attractive.
It had appeared as though the 24-year-old, who has been on holiday with close friend Paul Pogba in America, was destined to re-join former club Chelsea. News of serious United interest only surfaced on Wednesday night and by Thursday morning a deal was considered imminent.
United had been on the brink of signing Spanish international Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid until pulling the plug at the 11th and focusing on Lukaku instead.
Lukaku is expected to join his new United team-mates on Sunday for a week-long training camp in California ahead of the first pre-season friendly of the summer against LA Galaxy next weekend.