Manchester United have announced the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton for a hefty fee of £75 million. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure meant that United were on the look out for a big money striker. Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann were other available options but United finally went in with the proven Premier League star.
The 23-year old striker had a stellar season last year with Everton, scoring bucketloads of goals and working brilliantly in tandem with Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas.
Lukaku looks likely to be taking up the ‘Number 9’ role at Manchester United, but we’ll have to wait and see as to what sort of system Jose Mourinho opts for next season.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 8, 2017
Lukaku’s deal is yet to be finalised, as personal terms haven’t been agreed yet, but Lukaku’s statements have confirmed that he will be joining Manchester United before the pre-season starts.
Lukaku though has been enjoying his United move a bit too much, as he was arrested by the LA police for making a lot of noise during a house party. Lukaku will have to appear in court on October 2.
The Mirror has reported that Lukaku will be taking up the ‘Number 10’ shirt for Man Utd, as Wayne Rooney is all set to complete his move to Everton.
While the number 9 shirt is also available at United, Zlatan’s departure hasn’t been finalised yet, as he is continuing his rehabilitation with the Old Trafford staff.
Thus, it looks highly unlikely that United would be offering him the Number 9 shirt, as they might be still hopeful of Ibra staying back, following his rehabilitation process.
Lindelof will receive the no.2 shirt and Lukaku will likely get no.10 [mirror]
— utdreport (@utdreport) July 8, 2017
Lukaku should be taking full part in United’s pre season tour, where United are scheduled to play Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Lingard is hopeful that United will have a fruitful pre-season tour against all these top clubs.
We’re used to playing top teams in pre-season, such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, and it’s always a good experience,” he told ManUtd.com.
“Hopefully, we can perform well in those games and take good form into the new season. Every tour game is important, even if it’s just to build match fitness, and it’s good that everyone can get a run out and get a taste of what it’s like and take that forward.”