Romelu Lukaku joins Manchester United in £75m transfer from Everton

Updated: July 12, 2017

Manchester United have made their second signing of the summer with the record-breaking capture of Romelu Lukaku – to the delight of Jose Mourinho who beat his former employers Chelsea to his capture.

The 24-year-old has moved to Old Trafford for a £75million transfer fee – making him the most expensive striker in English football history.

Lukaku has signed a five-year deal, worth in the region of £200,000-per-week, with an option to extend his contract for a further year.

He will take the No 9 shirt worn by Zlatan Ibrahimovic last season.

The Belgium international was caught in a two-way tussle between United and his former club Chelsea for his services this summer with the striker’s decision causing a major blow to the latter’s transfer plans.

And speaking about his new signing Mourinho, made it clear that Lukaku is at the right place to continue developing.

‘Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United,’ he told the club’s official website.

‘He is a big personality and a big player. It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club. 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, who has been holidaying in America, will join up with his new team-mates in Los Angeles on their pre-season tour across the Atlantic.

Describing his move to United, Lukaku hailed it as the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ while also paying his respects to Everton – where he scored

‘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 United’s official 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.

‘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.’

Shortly after official confirmation, the powerful striker took to Instagram to reveal his delight writing: ‘I want to thank God for this opportunity! Blessed and delighted to be part of the best football club in the world! @manchesterunited.’

On Sunday night, Lukaku – who joined Everton in 2013 before sealing a permanent move to the Toffees a year later – had thanked the Goodison Park outfit for the four years he spent in the blue half of Merseyside on Sunday night.

He said on Instagram: ‘I want to say a big thank you to all the people involved at Everton.

‘I want to thank the fans for your support throughout the four years we’ve spent together.

‘You guys helped me through all my games and I can proudly say it was an honour to play in front of you.

‘To the staff at the the stadium and training ground, thank you for making me feel at home from the first day I walked in. To my team-mates it was great to play with you guys. To technical staff thank you for helping me become a better player.

‘Working with you guys has been a pleasure and I’ll take your advice throughout the rest of my career. Thank you Everton Football Club.’

Ironically ‘Forever Everton’, a popular Goodison Park chant, accompanies the post along with pictures of Lukaku donning the club’s colours.

Lukaku, who scored 87 goals in 166 games at Everton, underwent a medical in Los Angeles at the weekend before his move became official on Monday.

By Luke Augustus

This image was provided by Manchester United.

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