Everton continue to play hard ball with Man United over Lukaku fee

Everton continue to play hard ball with Man United over Lukaku fee

For a while, it was rumored that there was a strong link between Lukaku and his former side Chelsea, but it appears that he opted to head for Chelsea's old manager, instead.

Juan Mata has become the first Manchester United player to speak to the media about the possibility of landing Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

Antonio Conte is furious with the prospect of Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku joining Manchester United in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

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The Independent writes that Morata was left shocked by the Lukaku to United news, as he truly believed he was just days away from joining up with United on their U.S. summer preseason tour. His signing would be an important step in United's quest to return to the top of the Premier League.

It had been expected that Lukaku would return to Chelsea, given their long-standing interest in the Belgian striker.

Since the 2012-13 season, the 24-year-old Lukaku has scored the second-most goals in the Premier League (85), only trailing Sergio Agüero who has 99.

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Sky Italia reports the Blues have prepared two back-up options which include Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and Torino star Andrea Belotti.

Mourinho was Chelsea manager when Lukaku was sold to Everton in 2014 after the Belgium global failed to establish a first-team place and had to spend most of his time on loan at West Bromwich Albion and Everton. Romelu Lukaku wanted to leave. While the deal is around £75 million, there are other elements to the deal as well.

While there has been no official confirmation from either United or Everton in regards to the negotiations, the images of Lukaku and United midfielder Pogba training together will only enhance the speculation. It was Mourinho who sanctioned Lukaku's sale to Everton in 2014.

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"It's a tough transfer market, there's not much movement at the moment".

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