Lukaku Completes Move To United
Romelu Lukaku officially completed his move from Everton to Manchester United on Monday for a reported fee of £75 million, a record deal between British clubs.
The 24-year-old Belgian international striker, Everton’s record Premier League goalscorer, signed a five-year deal after passing his medical and agreeing personal terms which will see him earn over £200,000 a week.
Premier League champions Chelsea had matched the Red Devils’ bid, but missed out on re-signing their former player.
“Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United. He is a big personality and a big player,” said boss Jose Mourinho.
“It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club.
“He will be a great addition to the group. I am really looking forward to working with him again.”
Mourinho, who landed the League Cup and Europa League last term after spending big in 2016, including a world-record £89m on Lukaku’s close friend Paul Pogba, added he was looking forward to collaborating with the Belgian again.
The Portuguese manager had sold him for £28m to Everton in 2014 during his second spell in charge of Chelsea.
Lukaku, who turned down the most lucrative contract offer in Everton’s history at the end of last term, said he was sorry to leave behind good friends at his former club but his head had been turned once United came calling.
“When Manchester United and Jose Mourinho come knocking at the door, it is an opportunity of a lifetime and one that I could not turn down,” said Lukaku.
“I cannot wait to run out at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 fans.”
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