Romelu Lukaku, who has behaved disgracefully in an attempt to force a move out of Manchester United, has apparently gotten his wish. A report from Gianluca Di Marzio says that Internazionale and United have reached a verbal agreement for the transfer of the Belgian striker. The agreed fee is yet to be widely reported. The latest bid was said to total close £75m, but it is unclear whether that number includes any add-ons for appearances and goals.
“Agreement has been reached between Inter and Manchester United for Lukaku. There is a verbal agreement between the two clubs and now they are awaiting the documents that need to be signed in order to close the affair. If everything keeps going in the right direction, Lukaku could arrive in Italy in the coming hours (either tonight or tomorrow morning) to undergo his medical visits.”
Lukaku, who has not reported back to Carrington for training and has been fined as a result, is now expected to travel to Italy in the coming hours to finalize the transfer. The Premier League transfer window closes in less than 24 hours, and although Lukaku’s exit could drag on longer than that, it means that United now have less than a day to sign a replacement.
A rumored move for Mario Mandzukić could be revived, although that was thought to be discarded once talks of a swap between United and Juventus for Lukaku and Paulo Dybala broke down. United were also linked today with free agent Fernando Llorente, but the club quickly briefed that those rumors were baseless. Alternatively, there seems to be a decent chance that the club does not sign an experienced replacement at all, and instead relies on the promise of 17-year-old Mason Greenwood.
Update: The Guardian is now reporting that United have accepted a bid worth £70m from Inter, including add-ons. United have also included a sell-on clause. Lukaku is expected to sign a five-year contract.