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The Red Devils confirmed on Saturday a fee had been struck between the two clubs for the Belgium international striker. Speaking to ESPN FC’s Alexis Nunes prior to the move’s official confirmation, Lukaku shared his delight at the switch.
“I would say, ‘Who would say no to the biggest club in the world?'” Lukaku said when asked why he was keen to join United. “Best stadium in England. The best fans. This is the perfect opportunity. I always said I wanted to play for a team that’s challenging for every trophy that there is.”
As the report noted, Chelsea, Lukaku’s former club, were also interested in signing the striker, although the 24-year-old insisted “my mind was already set” on linking up with the Red Devils.
Lukaku has gone through the formalities ahead of his official unveiling as a Untied player. As NBC Sports’ Pilib De Brun reported, he even signed a Red Devils shirt:
Pilib De Brún @Malachians
Just finished a fascinating interview with @RomeluLukaku9 here is signing my sons Utd shirt https://t.co/AlSYSPHFtY
Lukaku also posted pictures on social media during his medical. Football journalist Tom McDermott shared one, with Lukaku’s suggesting the examination had been done:
Tom McDermott @MrTomMcDermott
Medical all done #MUFC #Lukaku https://t.co/vjWzaWHzh7
According to Steve Millar of the Daily Star Sunday, the Red Devils may part with as much as £100 million for the striker, with £85 million being paid up front followed by a potential £15 million in add-ons.
United captain Wayne Rooney is set to head in the opposite direction to re-sign with his boyhood club. Here’s how they’d both look in different colours next term:
United are signing one of the Premier League’s most dangerous forwards in Lukaku. The ex-Anderlecht man netted 25 times in the 2016-17 top-flight season, getting the better of defenders with his pace and power.
What’ll excite Red Devils supporters most is his ruthless finishing, especially given how profligate the team was at times under Jose Mourinho last season. Lukaku, whether on his preferred left foot, weaker right foot or with his head, is an expert at sticking chances away.
Factor in his unashamed ambition and determination to succeed, and it’s easy to see the striker as a big hit at Old Trafford in the years to come.