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Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United on £75M

Manchester United have agreed to sign Everton forward Romelu Lukaku for a £75 million transfer fee, according to BBC.

The deal is expected to be announced in the next two days and the Red Devils want the 24-year-old forward to join them on their tour in the United States next week.

United were initially targeting Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata but the English club did not want to pay the asking price of £79 million.

Manchester then swooped in on Lukaku, who was also the target of Premier League champions Chelsea but did not want to return to the club that sold him to Everton for £28 million in 2014.

Everton reportedly agreed to sell their club’s top scorer to build good transfer relationship with United and help them secure the return of Wayne Rooney, though reports say that the two deals are not linked together.

Lukaku, who scored 25 league goals last term, is the first Everton player since Gary Lineker in 1986 to score at least 20 goals in a season. He is also the fourth player in Premier League history to have more than 80 goals before turning 24 years old.

The Belgium international’s 68 Premier League goals lead Everton’s books, and he has scored at least 10 goals in each of the last five seasons.

He began his pro career with Belgian giants Anderlecht, who sold him to Chelsea after he made a name for himself with 41 goals in 98 fixtures for the club.

He failed to make an impact in his games for Chelsea, but he was scoring loads of goals while he was loaned out. He scored 17 goals in 38 games for West Brom in 2012-2013, and 16 goals in 33 fixtures for Everton in 2013-2014.

Lukaku is the fourth Mino Raiola client who moved to United in the last two summer transfer windows, following Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.