Manchester United Striker Romelu Lukaku Will Be The Most Expensive Player Of All time
Romelu Lukaku will become the most expensive player in history after completing his move to Manchester United.
The Belgian international’s £75m transfer from Everton was confirmed on Monday – but the fee will rise to £90m in add-ons.
The requirements to reach those additional payments are said to be ‘achievable’ – meaning United expect to meet the full amount and make the 24-year-old the costliest player of all time.
While Wayne Rooney’s move to Everton was not directly linked to the deal – it did help to facilitate it, which is also a consideration when weighing up the complete outlay of what is an enormous deal.
The current world record stands at £89m, which United paid for Paul Pogba last summer.
Lukaku’s add-ons will be made in two separate instalments, although the exact requirements have not been revealed.
Often such transfers will include bonus payments based on stipulations such as winning the Ballon d’Or. But the terms of Lukaku’s deal are believed to include much more attainable targets.
Manchester United will have no problem meeting those add-ons, with Jose Mourinho believing the striker will spearhead the club’s Premier League title challenge in the new season.
“Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United,” he said. “He is a big personality and a big player.
“It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club.
“He will be a great addition to the group.
“I am really looking forward to working with him again.”
Lukaku added: “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.
“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.”