Romelu Lukaku Completes Man Utd Medical in LA
Romelu Lukaku completed his LA medical for Manchester United ahead of a potential £90m move from Everton on Sunday. The player himself confirmed that he was having a medical by posting images onto social media early on Sunday GMT time.
United confirmed that an agreement with the Merseysiders had been reached on Saturday morning following a night of major speculation and rumours. Any deal to buy the 24-year old was “subject to a medical and personal terms” according to the Red Devils, though both now appeared to be wrapped up now.
The big Belgian is likely to be unveiled as a Man United player on Monday. Speaking to ESPN, he said “This is an opportunity that I’ve always wanted since I was a child.
‘When Manchester United came calling, I didn’t have to think twice. So I’m really delighted to hopefully be part of their history.”
Champions Chelsea had been heavy favourites to seal a deal for Lukaku for months when rumours of a £75m Man United bid emerged on Thursday. Antonio Conte had his mind set on replacing outgoing striker Diego Costa with the Belgian, who had been on the books at Chelsea previously. It was current Man United manager Jose Mourinho who infact moved him on to Everton.
The understanding is that Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola wanted his client to join Mourinho’s club, linking up with another mega client in Paul Pogba, while Lukaku himself was intent on a return to Chelsea.
When asked why he would choose United over the possibility of a return to Chelsea, Lukaku asked “Who would say no to the biggest club in the world? Best stadium in England. The best fans. This is the perfect opportunity. I always said I wanted to play for a team that’s challenging for every trophy that there is.”
The full deal to bring Lukaku in is £75m up-front, £15m in potential add-ons and Wayne Rooney swapping the red shirt for a return to Everton – a full valuation of £100m.
The 24-year old had his best Premier League season in 16/17, narrowly missing out on the Golden Boot with a tally of 25 goals. United alumni will be hoping for a repeat as he steps in to replace last season’s superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has left on a free transfer.
‘[Mourinho is] a guy who I wanted to play for since I was 10 years old, so now to have the opportunity to work under him again is great,’ Lukaku has been quoted as saying.