After weeks of strong reports suggesting Everton goal-machine, Romelu Lukaku, is making his way out of Goodison Park, the deal has finally been completed and he is no longer an Everton player.
However, the 24-year-old didn’t go the same way he was expected to go. Since he left Chelsea and became Everton’s record signing in 2014, many people had tipped him to be undoubtedly going back to Chelsea at some point in the future. He was even believed to be a Chelsea fan himself.
Instead, the Belgian forward went to the club of his close friend Paul Pogba, Manchester United and signed a 5-year contract in a deal worth £75m with an extra £15m in add-ons.
This came as a shock to fans, pundits, and reporters all over the country, as Rom suprisingly chose Man United over Chelsea, despite Chelsea’s matching of the Red Devils’ £75m bid.
It was even reported that his agent, Mino Raiola, would lose out on £10m profit if Romelu chose United.
The fact Chelsea won the league and United came 6th provides yet another mystery as to why Lukaku didn’t go back down to London. After all, his big dream is to play in the Champions League, a status secured by Chelsea for the coming season, while the Manchester reds will compete in the Europa League, the same competition as his previous Everton team will participate in.
After all, he wasn’t exactly best mates with Mourinho during his time at Chelsea either.
It’s no secret he’s best mates with Paul Pogba, the £89m wonder kid who signed for United from Juventus last year. Rom himself even recently admitted that the dabbing Frenchman was a key influence in his decision.
The two have been sunning it up in LA together all summer, (even making their own dance routines-see on Instagram) where the reds have recently gone as a squad for pre-season training. Should’ve seen that one coming…
In Romelu’s opinion, Man United have the best fans in the world, undoubtedly another factor influencing his decision. Quite an insulting thing to say for the Everton fans, given he’s never even played for Man United and had support from their fans…
What will we do without Rom?
Yes, the big, scary Belgian seems like a brutal loss for the Toffees, many will be grieving, but exciting times are ahead for the emerging blue force of Merseyside. With the bargain signing of the former-Barcelona forward, Sandro Ramirez, and the grand homecoming of England legend and lifetime Evertonian, Wayne Rooney, the hole left by Rom is already being sufficiently filled, despite Rooney and Sandro’s combined height still being just half that of Rom’s.
Don’t worry, blues. Just a couple of months until Rooney scores the winner at Old Trafford and bags his 200th Premier League goal, before kissing the Everton badge infront of the mancs, lifting his blue shirt up to reveal an under-shirt featuring Rom’s face with ‘£75m my arse’ written on it.
James Lawson X