Raiola 'vital' in Man United's shock move for Lukaku

Beth Cruz
July 8, 2017

The 24-year-old has become one of the Premier League's most prolific strikers in his three seasons at Goodison Park, scoring 71 goals in 133 games. However, United have swooped in and have hijacked the move in a £75 million deal. Although, the 32-year-old Spaniard was always expected to sign for Chelsea this summer as a back-up striker. But, Real's continuous heckling in terms of asking price inflation left United frustrated and it looks like the Red Devils moved quickly to get an alternate player for the said position.

United will not now be pursuing any interest in Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata.

This one isn't quite over the line just yet and we might see one or two twists and turns, but, it looking like Lukaku's unfinished business is with Mourinho and not Chelsea.

A Lukaku switch to United would scupper Chelsea's plans of re-signing the Belgian to replace Diego Costa, with the Stamford Bridge side having identified the Anderlecht youth product as their chief target at centre-forward.

Lukaku was due to report back to Everton for training this week, and they are believed to be unimpressed with the striker's reluctance to return - but it will not impact on the deal.

Chelsea, who were linked to Morata earlier in the year, could now be the man they look at - and are priced at 9/4 to land him.

Mourinho was Chelsea manager when Lukaku was sold to Everton in 2014 after the Belgium worldwide failed to establish a first-team place and had to spend most of his time on loan at West Bromwich Albion and Everton. "United do not want to be held to ransom because every club knows United are the richest club in the world so they're asking top dollar". If that is the fee United are set to pay, that would make Lukaku's move the fifth most-expensive in the history of football. It was Mourinho who sanctioned Lukaku's sale to Everton in 2014.

Mino Raiola has played a "vital" role in persuading Manchester United to move for Romelu Lukaku, according to reports.

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