Manchester United have moved forward to sign Romelu Lukaku. His current club Everton will bank £75 million. The 24-year-old Lukaku scored 25 goals for Everton in season 2016/2017. The Red Devils wanted to sign a top striker this summer and were both after Lukaku and the Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
Both Guardian and BBC reported that United want to complete that deal by the end of the week, so they make possible for Lukaku to join the rest of the squad for the Red Devils pre-season tour to the United States.
It was only a matter of time for Lukaku to leave Everton. He has told the press at the beginning of June “I don’t want to stay at the same level. I want to improve and I know where I want to do that. We are now talking to the club. I know what’s happening, but I will leave the talks to my agent”.
It is interesting that Jose Mourinho has obviously didn’t need Lukaku at the time when he managed Chelsea. In 2014 he sold the striker to Everton for £28 million.
The decision to bring Lukaku to Old Trafford means that Manchester United will keep playing the same footballing style, they played last season, when they won the UEFA Europa League Cup. The Red Devils will just replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic with Romelu Lukaku and would build the team’s attack around him.
Mourinho on Lukaku in 2014: “When you enjoy to speak, speak everything. Don’t speak only half of it”
Mourinho and Lukaku had some disagreements over the Belgian’s transfer to Everton in 2014.
“Romelu likes to speak. He’s a young boy who likes to speak. But the only thing he didn’t say is why he went to Everton on loan. That’s the only thing he never says. And my last contact with him was to tell him exactly that: ‘Why do you never say why you are not here? It’s something he should say, the reason why he’s not with Chelsea and is in Everton. There are things in our lives that we have to keep private but one day he scored and said he hoped Jose was watching”, said Mourinho at the time, blaming on the player that he has forced his move out of Stamford Bridge.
When Lukaku started scoring goals at Everton and enjoyed successful carrier with the Toffees, Jose Mourinho told the press sarcastically “I’m happy that he’s scoring goals against our direct rivals, and he doesn’t score against us because he can’t”. As Chelsea manager at the time when Lukaku was on loan at Everton, Mourinho also commented that what happens with Lukaku is “good for his evolution” and it is also good for Chelsea because he was a Sky Blues player.
Unlike Mourinho, Romelu Lukaku has spoken with a lot of respect to the Portuguese manager.
“I’ve had Jose Mourinho as a coach for two months. Something special. He’s building the foundations of an unbeatable machine again”, said about Mourinho’s work in Chelsea the Belgian striker.
“We didn’t have problems. He wanted me to stay and asked me why I wanted to leave. In some interviews my words were twisted, but the truth is that he accepted to let me leave. He did understand what I wanted. That’s what I really appreciate in him”, explained Lukaku after he left Chelsea to join Everton.
Is Lukaku good enough to play for Man United?
When the Jose Mourinho’s led Chelsea decided to sell Romelu Lukaku to Everton, the Portuguese was quite dismissive about the striker. He said “Romelu was always very clear with us in his mentality and his approach was not highly motivated to come to a competitive situation at Chelsea. He wanted to be clearly the first-choice striker”.
Now, already as Man United manager, Jose Mourinho’s got a player who has to lead the Manchester United’s attack, a player who’s mentality Mourinho has questioned in the past saying “It is one thing to play for Everton and another thing to play for Chelsea. There are no regrets”.