Everton's Romelu Lukaku scores their first goal from the penalty spot. Arsenal v Everton, Premier League, Emirates Stadium. May 21, 2017. Photograph: (Reuters)
The deal is expected to be formally announced within the next 36 hours
Manchester United have agreed to a 75 million pound ($97 million) deal for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Reuters reports, citing a source close to the negotiations.
United is said to have seen Lukaku as their number one target for next season, according to the same source.
The move, which is not connected to any talks of a Wayne Rooney deal in the opposite direction, is expected to be formally announced within the next 36 hours.
This closes the door on any interest United may have had in pursuing Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata. "Chelsea's interest in Lukaku allowed United to fly under the radar on this," the source said. "But he has been the club's number one target."
There had been much speculation that the Belgian international would return to Chelsea, which he joined in 2011.
Last season Lukaku had the distinction of becoming the first Everton played since Latchford to score 25 goals in back to back seasons, in all comeptitions.
The Belgian was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the first time, and was also included in the six player shortlists for the PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards.