One key reason Jose Mourinho wanted Romelu Lukaku at Man United

Romelu Lukaku is set to join Chelsea not Manchester United

Lukaku was the number one transfer target for United's rivals Chelsea, but now looks set to join the Red Devils according to the BBC.

Jose Mourinho is keen to wrap up the signing before the club's pre-season tour of the U.S., and it is believed that United grew frustrated with the pursuit of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, and were silently working on the deal for Lukaku, as they used Wayne Rooney as a makeweight for the deal.

The Mexican worldwide is a proven striker who Conte could look to as a potential option in his side's attacking line-up, and the Mirror suggest the Chelsea boss could very well turn to the former Manchester United forward ahead of next season - who is reported to have a release clause of £13m.

A potential spanner in the proposed move was thought to be Lukaku's relationship with Mourinho, which was reportedly strained following the Belgian's departure from Chelsea in 2014.

Lukaku's former club Chelsea were expected to be his next destination but the Premier League champions have yet to formalise their long-standing interest.




Whoever is in charge of transfers, there is an increasingly shambolic aspect to Chelsea's attempt to offload Costa and sign a replacement.

It is understood United bosses have offered him a long-term deal worth in excess of £250,000-a-week.

Having scored just 54 league goals last season, the worst of any side in the top seven in the Premier League, coupled with seeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic leave, meant that Mourinho had to act this summer.

The big striker proved he can get it done in European competition as well, scoring eight goals in nine appearances for Everton in the Europa League two seasons ago.

"The one thing you would say at times previous year with [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic - I thought he was absolutely magnificent - but the way that Manchester United played Ibrahimovic found himself quite isolated", added Higginbotham. If that is the fee United are set to pay, that would make Lukaku's move the fifth most-expensive in the history of football.

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