Romelu Lukaku will be allowed to stay in Los Angeles to complete his medical ahead of his move to Manchester United.
The 24-year-old will join Man United this week, despite Everton denying that any move will go ahead, for fee of around £75m, with add-ons set to increase the sum.
Lukaku was due back for pre-season training today, but the club has given him permission to remain in Los Angeles, where he has been holidaying with Paul Pogba.
And according to the Times‘ Paul Joyce, he will have his medical in Los Angeles, signing a £200,000 a week contract before linking up with the first team squad – set to arrive in LA on Sunday.
This has all fallen into place very nicely: the Belgian’s arrival comes not long after Jose Mourinho reportedly expressed his discontent with the lack of transfer activity from the board – a clear smokescreen as part of a wider operation masterfully executed by Ed Woodward and Co.
The footballing world – this website included – was led to believe that United had vested all their efforts in prizing Alvaro Morata away from Real Madrid, with the Spanish champions holding out for a €79m fee.
Little did we know that United, behind the scenes, were quietly engineering a deal for Lukaku, leaving both Chelsea and Madrid in a state of despondent confusion in the process.
Woodward, once again, has pulled off a seismic act of tactical deception and sent shockwaves across Europe.