Man United have wrapped up the biggest Premier League deal of the summer thus far, as the Red Devils splashed out £75m to bring Everton striker Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old underwent a medical in Man United’s pre-season base in Los Angeles and will link up with the squad after putting pen to paper on a five-year contract, with the option to extend a further year.
Chelsea were also in the race to re-sign Lukaku having sold him to Everton for £28m in 2014, but Man United beat the champions to the Belgian’s signature in a deal which could rise to £100m in add-ons.
In a statement on the club’s website, Lukaku said he cannot wait to start playing for the biggest club in the world and looks forward to stepping out onto the pitch at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
“I cannot wait to run out at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 fans,” said the Belgian forward.
“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.
“You could see the fight, determination and the spirit in this team during the Europa League final and I want to become a part of that.”
Chelsea signed Lukaku from Belgian side Anderlecht in 2011 but he failed to make a breakthrough to the first-team, resulting in loan moves to West Brom and Everton.
The Blues sold Lukaku to Everton in 2014 after a successful loan spell and he would score 71 goals in 133 appearances for the Toffees, including 25 Premier League goals last season to help Ronald Koeman’s side to a seventh place finish.
Man United gaffer Jose Mourinho said he looking forward to work with Lukaku once again and believes the 24-year-old will no doubt fulfill his potential with the Red Devils.
“Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United,” said the former Chelsea boss.
“He is a big personality and a big player. It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club. He will be a great addition to the group and I am really looking forward to working with him again.”
On Sunday, Man United captain Wayne Rooney returned to boyhood club Everton after 13 years with Man United, having become Man United’s all-time leading goalscorer last season.
Rooney signed for Man United back in 2004 in a deal worth £27m and he would go onto win five-Premier League titles, the FA Cup, Champions League and was part of the squad that won last season’s Europa League.
I have admired Romelu Lukaku for the past few seasons and always thought to myself, I would love Man United to sign him, Now that the Belgian forward is a Man United player, I am delighted and cannot wait to see him bang in the goals next season.
At just 24-years-old, Lukaku has got his best years ahead of him and if he can score at least 20 goals with Everton in the past three seasons, just imagine what he can do with much better players around him.
£75m is a hefty price tag, but if he continues his great goalscoring record from the past few seasons, then he will be worth every penny. A couple of more players in this summer and Man United will definitely be title challengers this season.
As for Wayne Rooney, I think it was time for him to go. He had been much criticised over the past season with claims he is past his best, but he will always be one of the all time greats for the biggest club in the world.