It’s finally official, Manchester United have announced the signing of Romelu Lukaku on a five-year contract.
The former Everton striker’s arrival, with a fee believed to be an initial £75 million, has been much-anticipated and the announcement won’t come as a surprise to anyone.
However, that hasn’t stopped Red Devils fans’ celebrations. It’s no wonder they’re feeling chuffed either, Lukaku netted 25 Premier League goals last season.
Romelu Lukaku in the #PL:
2012/13 - 17 goals
2013/14 - 15 goals
2014/15 - 10 goals
2015/16 - 18 goals
2016/17 - 25 goals
“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,” Lukaku told United’s website. “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.”
The 24-year-old will now link up with Jose Mourinho’s squad in Los Angeles ahead of pre-season training.
As it is in 2017, Lukaku’s unveiling of course came with a hashtag too – a homage to legendary thoroughbred racehorse Red Rum.
The hashtag was favourably viewed in comparison with the phrase used for Arsenal’s unveiling of club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette – in fact, even Gunners fans seemed to agree…
Meanwhile, former United striker Wayne Rooney has gone in the other direction to Lukaku – signing on a two year deal with the Toffees.
The 31-year-old rejoined his boyhood club 13 years after leaving to join Alex Ferguson at United.