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Manchester United announce Romelu Lukaku agreement after completing negotiations over fee with Everton

Any final deal for the Belgian striker could cost up to £90m or £100m

Miguel Delaney
Chief Football Writer
Saturday 08 July 2017 10:00 BST
United announced the agreement on Saturday morning
United announced the agreement on Saturday morning (Getty)

Manchester United have announced they have agreed a fee with Everton for Romelu Lukaku despite late interest from Chelsea.

The Old Trafford club will pay a basic fee of £75m, with the two clubs ironing out disagreements over bonuses that could well take any final deal up to £90m or £100m.

United have already agreed healthy personal terms with the 24-year-old and his agent, and will pay Lukaku up to £200,000 a week, in the hope of getting the deal done more quickly.

Seeking to solve last year’s scoring problems above most other team issues, Jose Mourinho wanted his primary striker in for the start of the club’s pre-season next week. Mourinho would preferably like to bring in another player as well as Lukaku for then too, along with new centre-half Victor Lindelof.

The Portuguese still wants to sign Internazionale’s Ivan Perisic, Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Monaco’s Fabinho, and there remains a decent possibility United will bring in another attacking player, as there have been talks with Real Madrid over the potential purchase of James Rodriguez.

The Colombian’s marketability would fulfil executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s desire for a “star” name this summer.

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