Manchester United have confirmed they have agreed a potential world record £90million deal with Everton for the transfer of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.
The transfer would see Everton receive £75million up front, with £15m due in potential add-ons based on the player’s performances at United.
The potential fee would trump the £89million they paid last summer to bring Paul Pogba back from Juventus.
Lukaku will make the switch from Goodison Park to Old Trafford and join up with his former manager Jose Mourinho – who he played for at Chelsea.
In a short statement United confirmed: ‘MUFC is delighted to announce a fee has been agreed with Everton for the transfer of Romelu Lukaku, subject to a medical & personal terms.’
The Red Devils have also revealed they will make a further announcement in due course.
Chelsea had also lodged a bid for their former player but United look to have scuppered the Blues’ chances of bringing Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge by stealing a march on the Premier League champions.
As revealed by Sportsmail Conte was unwilling to give up on his main target, though Chelsea refused to pay what is thought to be an eight-figure fee, believed to be £12m, to Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola, which is a key part of the United package.
Before United stepped in with their concrete bid, Lukaku was in contact with Conte and made it clear he was enthusiastic about a return to the club who brought him to England from Anderlecht as a teenager in 2011.
However, the Belgium forward has formed a close bond with United midfielder Pogba and they are currently on holiday together in Los Angeles – both are Raiola clients.
United captain Wayne Rooney will move the other way, with the former Everton man sealing an emotional return to Goodison Park on a free transfer.
United have agreed to pay a portion of Rooney’s wages despite the 31-year-old initially being prepared to take a 50 per cent salary cut on his current deal – which sees him earn upwards of £300,000 a week.
Despite Mourinho agreeing to sell Lukaku to Everton three years ago, the United manager wants to work with him again.
Lukaku is still expected to have a United medical this weekend and join Mourinho’s squad for their tour of the United States when all the details with Everton are completed.
Following the official confirmation from United, midfielder Pogba took to social media to post a video of himself and Lukaku, simply captioned: ‘See you in the training tomorrow.’
The duo could be seen laughing an joking about the news, with Pogba standing in mock disbelief as the Belgian told him of the news.
United are expected to officially complete the deal in its entirety within the next 24 hours.