The move means that barring a last minute hitch United will have landed Lukaku ahead of Chelsea despite the west London club believing they were in pole position to prise him from Everton.United blindsided Chelsea with their covert move for Lukaku, using their £89m world record signing Paul Pogba to convince the forward to join him at Old Trafford. Close friends Lukaku and Pogba have been holidaying together on the west coast of America and both are expected to join up with Jose Mourinho’s squad in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Pogba is understood to have played a key role in persuading Lukaku — who will undergo his medical in the US on Thursday night — to abandon a return to Chelsea and instead link up with him and Mourinho at United.
Although Chelsea maintain they are still in the hunt to sign Lukaku, the 24-year-old is set to undergo a medical in the US, with United hopeful of completing the deal in time for him to train with his new team-mates in LA on Monday.
United’s stunning capture of Lukaku is a major blow to Chelsea, who were convinced their former striker was going to return to Stamford Bridge this summer. Lukaku is understood to have been offered a four-year deal with the option for a further 12 months and is set to earn a salary in the region of £200,000-a-week.