Manchester United were in for a pleasant surprise on Thursday as BBC Sport revealed that the Red Devils had reached an agreement with Everton over a £75 million transfer of Romelu Lukaku. The Toffees centre-forward could now join the club in the next few weeks with Wayne Rooney also nearing an unrelated move in the opposite direction.
However, Sky Sports insist that their sources have told them that a deal has not yet been agreed in a bizarre claim going against the tide of the majority of reports. In what is proving to be a long and drawn out transfer saga, Chelsea may still have a say in whether or not Jose Mourinho and co. can get this deal across the line.
Part of the news has also included the revelation that the club have dropped their interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, with all attentions now set on the Everton forward. Spanish newspaper Marca say that there was a price difference of just £4.4 million in negotiations which scuppered a deal.
Real Madrid are thought to have been holding out for €80 million (£70 million) up-front for the Spanish international with €10 million (£8.8 million) in add-ons, but United were not prepared to pay above £74.4 million for the striker, who will now be seeking a move elsewhere.
The Daily Mail also claim that the club are considering a move for Borussia Dortmund holding midfielder Julian Weigl. The 21-year-old was a regular for Thomas Tuchel last season in a defensive midfield role and impressed many, and is now thought to be one of those tracked by Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho is also keen on Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Tottenham’s Eric Dier as he looks to bolster his midfield with more solidity. The move could be designed to give the likes of Paul Pogba more freedom in midfield.
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