Thursday 27 July 2017

Chelsea and Man United target Romelu Lukaku reveals that he has made up his mind over his future

Romelu Lukaku is expected to leave Everton this summer
Romelu Lukaku is expected to leave Everton this summer
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed that his agent is holding talks with the club he is hoping to join this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester United continuing to be linked with a £70m move for the Belgian international.

Lukaku, scored 25 Premier League goals last season, rejected a new contract offer from the Toffees in March and speculation has been rife as to his next destination.

While his former boss Jose Mourinho is also thought to want the striker at Manchester United, Independent.ie ran a story last month suggesting that Lukaku would reject any move to Old Trafford after setting his heart on a return to former club Chelsea.

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are the latest club linked to the 24-year-old, but the forward admits a decision on his future has already been made.

Speaking after Belgium's 2-1 win against the Czech Republic on Monday, Lukaku told Sky Sports News: "My agent knows what is going to happen, I know what I want to do. Whatever happens, you guys (the media) will know."

Lukaku was asked whether he would be interested in a move to link up with his former manager Mourinho at United, with his agent Mino Raiola familiar with the Old Trafford hierarchy after he negotiated moves for Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to move to Manchester last summer.

"I'm the player, I will take the decisions," he said referring to the links with United and he went on to offer these comments on his future.

"The most important thing is I want to win trophies. We are now talking to the club. As for the rest, I'm looking ahead.

"What I would like most is to play is in the Champions League and try to win the Premier League once. Or better, a few times. That would be the most beautiful thing.

"That's important for my progress as a player. I don't want to stay at the same level. I want to improve and I know where I want to do that."

While Lukaku's asking price is reported to be close to be as much as £100m, the player is likely to be move for a fee closer to £70m as Everton look to sell the striker for more than double the amount the paid to sign him from Chelsea in the summer of 2014.

Manchester United rumours may persist, but Lukaku is pushing for a move to Premier League champions Chelsea as he looks to belatedly realise his dream of following in the footsteps of his hero Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge.

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