Manchester United have completed the signing of striker Romelu Lukaku from Premier League rivals Everton.
The Belgium international has signed a five-contract, with the option of a further 12 months, at Old Trafford after United had agreed a fee, believed to be an initial £75 million, with the Toffees on Saturday.
The fee could eventually rise to £90m, and United held off late competition from Chelsea for the Belgium striker’s signature.
Lukaku has joined up with his new team-mates in Los Angeles ahead of their pre-season schedule in the United States, although he will not feature in their opening game against LA Galaxy this weekend.
Speaking to MUTV, he said midfielder Paul Pogba had played a “big role”in him signing for United.
Lukaku said: “I would like to start by thanking Everton and the fans for the last four wonderful seasons, I have made some special friends and we have shared some amazing moments,” Lukaku told United’s official website.
“However, when Manchester United and Jose Mourinho come knocking at the door it is an opportunity of a lifetime and one that I could not turn down.
“You could see the fight, determination and the spirit in this team during the Europa League final and I want to become a part of that.
“I cannot wait to run out at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 fans but before that pre-season is where the hard work starts and I am looking forward to that first training session.”
Lukaku turned down the most lucrative contract offer in Everton’s history, thought to be worth £140,000 a week, in March and later said: “I don’t want to stay at the same level. I want to improve and I know where I want to do that.”
Mourinho, who managed the 24-year-old at Chelsea and sanctioned Lukaku’s departure from Chelsea to Everton,
“Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United,” he added.
“He is a big personality and a big player. It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club. He will be a great addition to the group and I know they will make him very welcome. I am really looking forward to working with him again.”, told the United website: “Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United. He is a big personality and a big player. It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club.
“He will be a great addition to the group and I know they will make him very welcome. I am really looking forward to working with him again.”
The 24-year-old then netted 71 goals in all competitions on Merseyside to become one of Europe’s deadliest strikers.
Romelu Lukaku’s stat
- With two goals against Hull City in March, Lukaku became the first Everton player since Gary Lineker in 1985-86 to score 20 league goals in a season.
- Lukaku is also only the fourth player to score more than 80 goals in the Premier League before turning 24 (after Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Rooney).
- He has scored more goals than any other Everton player in Premier League history (68).
- Lukaku is one of only three players to have scored more than 10 goals in each of the past five Premier League seasons (alongside Olivier Giroud and Sergio Aguero).
Top five world record transfers
- £89m – Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United, 2016
- £86m – Gareth Bale – Tottenham to Real Madrid, 2013
- £80m – Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United to Real Madrid, 2009
- £75.3m – Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli to Juventus, 2016
- £75m – Luis Suarez – Liverpool to Barcelona, 2014; Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Manchester United, 2017
Top five British transfer records
- £75m – Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Manchester United, 2017
- £50m – Fernando Torres – Liverpool to Chelsea, 2011
- £47.5m – John Stones – Everton to Manchester City, 2016
- £44m – Raheem Sterling – Liverpool to Manchester City, 2015
- £37.1m – Juan Mata – Chelsea to Manchester United, 2014