Belgian Romelu Lukaku has officially completed his move from Everton to Manchester United on Monday for a £75 million ($97m, 85.5m euros) fee, a record deal between British clubs.
The 24-year-old and Everton’s record Premier League goalscorer, signed a five-year deal after passing his medical and agreeing personal terms which will see him earn around £200,000 a week.“Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United. He is a big personality and a big player. It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club,” said United manager Jose Mourinho on the club website. Mourinho, who won the League Cup and Europa League last season already have world-record £89m Lukaku’s close friend Paul Pogba on his team.
The Portuguese manager had sold him for £28m to Everton in 2014 during his second spell in charge of Chelsea.
“He will be a great addition to the group and I know they will make him very welcome. I am really looking forward to working with him again.”
Lukaku, also said he was sorry to leave Everton and good friends behind at his former club but admitted his head had been turned once United came calling. “I would like to start by thanking Everton and the fans for the last four wonderful seasons, I have made some special friends and we have shared some amazing moments,” Lukaku told the club website. However, when Manchester United and Jose Mourinho come knocking at the door it is an opportunity of a lifetime and one that I could not turn down. You could see the fight, determination and the spirit in this team during the Europa League final and I want to become a part of that,” he said.
“I cannot wait to run out at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 fans, but before that pre-season is where the hard work starts and I am looking forward to that first training session.”Photo Credit: Getty