The Belgian international appeared all set to return to Stamford Bridge, whereas the Red Devils were believed to be occupied with their chase of the then Real Madrid striker, Alvaro Morata.
However, the Mancunians performed some stunning piece of business, which saw them land Lukaku in a deal worth £75 million. The Blues, in return, ended up signing Morata later on.
Now, a new report involving this transfer saga has come to light, and it explains why Romelu Lukaku recently decided to fire super-agent Mino Raiola – the man who also happens to represent the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Earlier this year, the 25-year-old forward replaced Raiola with rapper Jay-Z’s sports agency, Roc Nation Sports, becoming the first Premier League player to do so in the process.
Not many eyebrows were raised post this switch, until the recent revelation from journalist Duncan Castles, wherein he claims that Lukaku parted ways with Raiola after being misled during his departure from Everton.
Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, Castles revealed: “From what I understand, Lukaku basically got fed up with Raiola, the way he handled him. I’m told there was a misunderstanding of his move away from Everton.
“Lukaku thought that Raiola was conducting negotiations with Marina Granovskaia (Chelsea‘s chief deal-maker) to do that deal, when in fact, discussions were principally with Conte, who obviously wanted to bring Lukaku to the club.”
However, it remains unclear whether the decision was made simply because the striker was misled, or if he actually preferred a move to Stamford Bridge over Old Trafford.