It’s very clear that Romelu Lukaku will leave Everton this summer in hunt for Champions League football, but his next destination is yet to be decided.
Reports in recent weeks suggested a return to Stamford Bridge was on the cards, but late on Wednesday evening, Daily Mail stated on their website: ‘Jose Mourinho is closing in on the biggest move of the summer and a world-record deal, eclipsing Paul Pogba’s £89m return to Old Trafford last year.’
Askam tweeted: “Could be bargaining tool but a good source tells me Lukaku camp seem to favour a move to Man Utd over Chelsea #efc #mufc #cfc.”
The news will surely anger Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who thought the Lukaku deal was in the bag, which led him to instruct Diego Costa to leave the London-based club this summer.
Romelu Lukaku is not returning to his former club, but that makes another ‘return’ much easier, as Everton will now hope to strike an agreement with United for Wayne Rooney, who left the Merseysiders 13 years ago.
Another player that could be affected by this record move is Alvaro Morata. Goal reported earlier today that Real Madrid have rejected an €80m bid for their striker, and are holding on for a massive €90m offer.
It will be interesting to see whether there will be a new improved bid from the Red Devils now, or hopes of the Morata-Mourinho reunion will be ended by the Lukaku-Mourinho reunion.