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The Romelu Lukaku stat worth £75 million to Manchester United

08 July 2017, 12:35 | Marlene Fleming

Reuters Andrew Yates

Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring

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

Jose Mourinho's side is hopeful of concluding a deal in time for Lukaku to join the squad before they depart for a pre-season tour to the United States on Sunday.

United, who has been chasing Lukaku for most of the summer, will not now be pursuing their interest in Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata.

A potential spanner in the proposed move was thought to be Lukaku's relationship with Mourinho, which was reportedly strained following the Belgian's departure from Chelsea in 2014.

One man you'd expect to be in the know about the Everton to United transfer would be a man who has played and coached at both Everton and United - Phil "Pip" Neville.

Many reports suggest that France worldwide and Lukaku's good friend Paul Pogba has had a big influence in the forward's decision to join the Old Trafford club.

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The Belgium global, 24, is one of the most sought-after strikers in the Premier League after scoring 25 top-flight goals for the Toffees last season.

And it is that prolific nature that has seen Lukaku being linked with every top club in the world, especially Chelsea.

But now he is out of the question, The Independent claims Morata is "still hoping" Chelsea turn to him.

Mourinho, though, will be happy with the club's lightning quick pace to move for Lukaku - a striker he has a healthy relationship with despite agreeing the player's sale during his time at Chelsea.

After Zlatan Ibrahimović's contract expired this June, United are in dire need of an elite goalscorer, and Lukaku would quickly solve their problems. If that is the fee United are set to pay, that would make Lukaku's move the fifth most-expensive in the history of football.



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