Manchester United have agreed a fee in the region of £75m for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, according to BBC.
The Old Trafford club have been pursuing a deal for Lukaku for most of the summer and after Real Madrid tried to play hardball over Alvaro Morata’s fee, it seems like Man United will no longer pursue their interest in the Spaniard.
Although Wayne Rooney has also been heavily linked with a move to Everton, both deals are said to be completely separate and are still being negotiated.
BBC claim that Man United are hoping to conclude the deal by Sunday as Jose Mourinho wants Lukaku on the plane with the rest of the squad for the pre-season tour.
He’s been a vital player for Everton and had confirmed he had no intention of signing a new contract earlier in the year, and after scoring 25 goals in the Premier League last season, it seems like Jose Mourinho thought he’d be the best possible replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Although it may seem like Morata was the number one target, BBC also report that the Chelsea interest in Lukaku was used as a smokescreen and was the reason why a deal for the Belgian was completed, as he remained United’s priority throughout the summer.