Football: United agree to sign Lukaku for £75 million

Romelu Lukaku celebrating scoring the third goal for former club Everton in their 3-1 win over Burnley in an English Premier League football match at Goodison Park in April 2017.
Romelu Lukaku celebrating scoring the third goal for former club Everton in their 3-1 win over Burnley in an English Premier League football match at Goodison Park in April 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Manchester United have agreed a fee of around £75 million (S$134.2 million) to sign striker Romelu Lukaku from Premier League rivals Everton, according to British media reports.

The 24-year-old, who joined Everton in 2014, scored 25 goals and provided six assists in 37 league games last season to finish as the league's second-highest scorer. His exploits helped Everton secure a seventh-placed league finish.

The Belgium international rejected a new contract at Everton in March and has since been linked with former club Chelsea and German champions Bayern Munich.

Lukaku said that he had decided on his future in June and now looks set to reunite with United manager Jose Mourinho, under whom he played at Chelsea.

Media reports also suggest that Lukaku's deal will have no impact on United forward Wayne Rooney's switch to Everton, and that United will also not be pursuing their interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata following Lukaku's impending arrival.