Romelu Lukaku’s move to Manchester United is being delayed by various legal issues that still require resolving, according to Sky Sports‘ Jim White.
The Everton striker will complete the switch to Man United for a £75m fee, set to rise with add ons, and will earn £200,000 a week.
He has been given permission to undergo his medical in Los Angeles ahead of finalising move and has been seen working hard alongside Paul Pogba.
But according to White, who has a close connection to Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri, legal issues need to be resolved before the deal can be officially announced.
Craig Norwood, the one true oracle of United transfer news (and also the first person to give me a writing job), confirmed recently that Lukaku will be in a red shirt by the time Jose Mourinho’s men take on LA Galaxy on July 16, and I would feel blasphemous to even question the man, really.
But this ever-present stumbling block of ‘legal issues’ requires some scrutiny. We do not know anything about the nature of these complications, only that they exist and can delay transfers for some time. Marcos Rojo, for example, had to wait for almost a month before he could pull on a United shirt.
What we can discern, however, is that Moshiri, not long after denying the existence of an agreement, has implied that the deal is now entering an advances stage.