The transfer window has exploded into life in recent days with Arsenal signing Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon to Arsenal in a £52million deal, but this figure is about to be smashed by the news that Everton have accepted a £75 million bid from Manchester United for Romelu Lukaku.
“Manchester United have agreed a fee of around £75m with Everton for striker Romelu Lukaku.”
The news came as a huge surprise to many following Manchester United’s pursuit of Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata. The Spanish forward was seen as the ideal replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic who left the club this summer, however, it seems as though that pursuit has been brought to an end.
For United, he constitutes a tried and tested striker in the Premier League, netting 25 for Everton last season. Playing for Ronald Koeman at Everton also means Lukaku has vastly improved upon his all-round game with the ball at his feet, and he is not a striker that shuns dropping into the midfield to pick up the ball.
Physically, the Belgian is a powerhouse of a player that is strong in the air and on the ball, while his finishing is clinical.
It had seemed as though Lukaku would be making a return to former club Chelsea this summer, with most of the talk surrounding the London side. Diego Costa, who supplied the goals behind the Blues title truimph last season, is reportedly keen on a move back to Atletico Madrid, but their transfer ban would not see him able to play until January.
Lukaku would not take long to bed in at Chelsea as he was on their books between 2011-2014. He is also a similar sort of player to costa, with both being quick, strong and clinical finishers. Where Lukaku trumps the current Chelsea striker is in the way he is not as easily drawn into a heated battle with the opposition, something that has cost the Spaniard on more than one occasion.
It seems for all the world then that Chelsea have been pipped to Lukaku’s signature and, barring a change of heart, they will have missed out on one of the very few world-class strikers that is available and, probably the only one that possesses these attributes AND is proven in the Premier League.
The transfer merry-go-round is now in full swing then, and it looks like Jose Mourinho is enjoying it a lot more than Antonio Conte, right now.
For both sides, Lukaku would have been a very good signing. With goals, power and pace in abundance, he is one of the best up and coming strikers in the league and the world. Only time will tell whether he can turn Manchester United back into a team that plays at the top though.