The ever-reliable Paul Joyce with @timessport is reporting that the £75m bid from Manchester United for Romelu Lukaku has been accepted, despite denials in the press.
Nothing has been made official, but Joyce usually doesn’t tends to stick his neck out on these deals until they are solid. USUALLY.
We will keep you updated as news breaks.
While a never-ending flood of incoming transfers has rightfully drawn the attention of Toffees fans, it seems as though the first major outgoing transfer could be about to take place:
Now, while a rumored move in the opposite direction for Wayne Rooney is in the works, the reports says the two aren’t related.
It would certainly make sense that Jose Mourhino would want Lukaku to join up with the team his first day back from holiday, much like Lukaku did when he joined the Toffees, so the timing of the announcement in the new few days would make sense.
While the loss of Lukaku would give the Toffees even more motivation to stay active in the transfer market as they would look to add to their new stable of scorers to replace the Belgian’s goals, perhaps his departure is not as imminent as these reports seem.
Shortly after the BBC and other outlets began reporting a deal had been agreed, Jim White, noted Sky Sports commentator and Farhad Moshiri BFF, conflicted his own organization when he said:
The immediate response from White, who is known to have a direct line to the top of Everton’s camp, gives credence to the idea that the media is being used by all parties to advance their causes.
Manchester United would like to see the believe of an imminent deal help get them over the line, while Everton benefit by creating (continuing?) a bidding war between the Red Devils and Chelsea, the team it was widely assumed Lukaku would be joining.
While it does not appear as though we will see Lukaku holding up a Man U kit today or tomorrow, these continued reports, as well as the phrasing of Jim White’s tweet, denying a deal but not negotiations, lead one to believe it is only a matter of time before a deal is struck.
It’s quite evident Lukaku wants to exit Goodison, and his extended summer break means he probably won’t step foot at USM Finch Farm again.
So as reports swirl, rumors attempt to form in truth, and Everton keep signing attacking players, life after Lukaku starts to take shape.
Will he end up a Red Devil, back under Jose’s tutelage?
Or will Rom end up back in London in his old Chelsea digs?
While it seems Man U may have pulled a nose ahead, this race is far from over and we will keep you abreast as news breaks on the topic.