Lukaku completes record move to Manchester United

Ruben Hill
July 15, 2017

Manchester United gets their pre-season under way against Real Madrid on July 23 in California.

The defender, who signed for United in a £40 million deal last month, is expected to play a major role in their Premier League and Champions League efforts in 2017-18. So there was a space of time for everybody to think, to feel, to decide.

Lukaku and Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata were Mourinho's top two targets as he searched for a replacement for Ibrahimovic, who has been released while he recovers from a knee ligament injury.

Ibrahimovic was linked with the Galaxy before joining United from Paris Saint-Germain previous year.

However, United boss Mourinho is keeping a keen eye on Ibrahimovic's recovery and admits a new deal at Old Trafford could be on the cards.

Manchester United have completed the signing of Everton star Romelu Lukaku on Monday and Jose Mourinho has taken a dig at his former club Chelsea.

Nemanja rose to fame in the Premier League under the management of Mourinho.

"We don't have our door closed, we are not happy with just Lukaku and Lindelof", Mourinho told reporters. We need more, we wanted four, so I would say 50 per cent of the job is done, but I don't want to say that because everything is so hard.

Galaxy coach Onalfo was coy on such talk, saying "our policy is not to comment on players that are not part of our team", but he was more forthcoming about the club's transfer plans in general. "We would like two more but at least one".

"He has two in Lindelof and Lukaku and I think two more will come in, I wouldn't be surprised if they signed another centre forward because goals last season probably cost them challenging for the Premier League".

His first window saw giants Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba join the club, with the acquisition of the diminutive Henrikh Mkhitaryan an exception.

"He will hopefully bring goals", Mourinho said. Another thing to consider in a deal like this is the image that it gives the club. We wanted four, so 50 per cent of the job is done, but I don't want to say that because it is hard to sign players in this market and I wouldn't like to be in (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward's position because everything is so hard. Our relationship was always very close despite it not working well for us together.

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