Manchester United are increasingly confident of completing the £75m signing of Romelu Lukaku in time for the Everton forward to link up with Jose Mourinho’s squad in Los Angeles on Sunday, sources have told ESPN FC.
Despite Everton sources claiming to ESPN FC on Thursday that no deal had been agreed with United for the Belgium international — raising Chelsea’s hopes of beating United to the 24-year-old — senior figures at Old Trafford believe that the player is now on course to join United.
Plans have been made by United for Lukaku to undergo a medical in Los Angeles, where he is spending his summer vacation, and the formalities could be completed by Friday afternoon, enabling a deal to be sealed before Mourinho’s tour squad jets out of Manchester for California on Sunday.
Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, is expected to stay behind in order to complete a return to Everton after being given permission by United to negotiate a move back to Goodison Park, 13 years after leaving the club for Old Trafford.
Mourinho’s team had been led to believe Lukaku favoured a return to Chelsea and that a deal to take the Belgian back to Stamford Bridge had, at one stage, been close.