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Romelu Lukaku | Forward | #9

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/13/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 220

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Manchester United stated the intentions for the season in emphatic fashion at Old Trafford by beating West Ham 4-0.
United were by far the more energetic side in the opening minutes, and should have had a bigger lead than 1-0 at the interval. That goal had come through Romelu Lukaku, who was played in by Marcus Rashford from the left-wing. United perhaps could've had more, but it didn't matter as West Ham failed to threaten up top. Lukaku sealed his brace with a header from a Mkhitaryan free-kick and the game slowed a little as Mourinho introduced substitutes - Fellaini and later Martial. Before the French youngster arrived on the scene, Rashford, who he replaced, was very effective on the flank using his pace and guile to fashion a number of chances with the closest hitting the post. Martial came on with 10 to go, scored after Mkhi set him up before turning provider to give Pogba his late goal. A notably good performance from Matic in midfield, lots to do for Slaven Bilic and his Hammers. Aug 13 - 1:00 PM
Source: BBC Sport

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No surprises when it comes to Nik's top forward pick for Week 1. It's Romelu Lukaku, making his proper Manchester United debut against West Ham.

We saw thousands of tweets ridiculing Lukaku for his missed sitter in the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid on Tuesday night, only for Manchester United's new striker to score with a poacher's finish a few minutes later. The response? "It was only a tap in". Haters gonna hate. People who dislike United / Jose Mourinho / big-money transfers want this move to fail. But would any of them bet against Big Rom having 20+ Premier League goals in the bag come May? I doubt it. Watch the Belgian open his Old Trafford account against the Hammers.
Source: Rotoworld
Aug 11 - 8:11 AM

Romelu Lukaku was once again on the score sheet as Manchester United beat their city rivals in Texas during the early hours of Friday morning.

The two sides met as part of the International Champions Cup and it was the red half of Manchester who managed to steal the early season bragging rights with a 2-0 victory. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring, his second in successive games while Marcus Rashford was also on hand to double the lead before the break. After the match, Jose Mourinho was quick to play down the significance of the result, although Paul Pogba "whether it is a friendly game or not, you want to win against Manchester City" took a decidedly different view: "It was a very good training session," said the United mboss. "That is what we thought when we organised the pre-season. Two matches against MLS teams and then we move on to the best teams in the world. It was a good intensity, the players are tired, I am really pleased and I am sure Pep [Guardiola] is the same."
Source: The Mirror
Jul 21 - 4:16 AM

Manchester United overcame Real Salt Lake at altitude on a 2-1 scoreline as they continue their pre-season preparations.

In a stadium standing at 4,500 feet above sea level, the air is deprived of oxygen, however United started brightly with McTominay twice getting shots in before Silva put RSL ahead on 20'. However, the Reds drew level again through Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored his second goal in two pre-season games with a left footer into the bottom-right corner. RSL changed their whole XI on 33' with the ongoing MLS in mind, and Romelu Lukaku struck soon after, ably assisted by Mkhi. The Belgian rounded a defender before slotting home with ease. Mata went off injured around the hour mark having only come on along with 11 teammates at half-time. United went down to ten men when Valencia saw red for a rash challenge, though the PL side were never truly threatened for the rest of the game.
Jul 18 - 12:56 PM

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

The deal will cost United an initial transfer fee of £75 million ($96.6 million) with a further £15 million in add-ons included. United successfully whipped the 24 year old out from under the nose of PL rivals Chelsea last week. They had been engaged in a well publicised pursuit of their former player since the end of last season. Lukaku has agreed a five year contract with United, who have the option to extend that deal by a further 12 months. The striker will join his teammates for pre-season training in Los Angeles, where he was already holidaying with United midfielder Paul Pogba. "Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United. He is a big personality and a big player," said manager Jose Mourinho. "He will be a great addition to the group. I am really looking forward to working with him again." Lukaku himslef described the offer to play for the Red Devils as "an opportunity of a lifetime and one that [he] could not turn down."
Jul 10 - 2:19 PM

Manchester United have officially announced that they have agreed a fee with Everton for the transfer of Romelu Lukaku.

The deal is reportedly worth £90 million when add-ons are included with Wayne Rooney's move in the opposite direction worth a further £10 million, bring the sum total to £100 million. The transfer is now subject to the Belgian striker agreeing personal terms and passing a medical examination.
Jul 8 - 6:12 AM

Manchester United announce a deal for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has been agreed subject to a medical and personal terms.

United tabled a £75 million bid for the Belgium international earlier this week which was quickly followed up by former club Chelsea who matched the offer. It was widely expected that Lukaku would return to Stamford Bridge, but protracted negotiations between his agent - Mino Raiola – and Everton look to have scuppered any deal allowing Jose Mourinho to steal a march on his Merseyside rivals. Lukaku will become United’s second most expensive signing, behind Paul Pogba, and is seen as a direct replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimović. His 25 Premier League goals in 2016/17 represented his best ever return, a total only bettered by Golden Boot winner Harry Kane. Once the move has been finalised, Lukaku is expected to join his new teammates in California where they kick-off their pre-season tour against LA Galaxy.
Source: Reuters
Jul 8 - 4:26 AM

Manchester United believe they have successfully prevented Chelsea hijacking their bid to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

Chelsea have been vigorously pursuing the signature of their former player all summer, but United appear to have trumped their rivals to the deal. The agreement is valued at £100 million. £75 million will be paid up front while clauses related to appearances and achievements should quickly amount to a further £15 million. Furthermore, Wayne Rooney, now valued at just £10 million, will move the other way to his boyhood club as part of the deal. Chelsea attempted to make a last ditch attempt to secure Lukaku's transfer, but they were unable to offer Wayne Rooney, who is not technically part of a player exchange though the reality is the opposite. Chelsea were also unwilling to compensate Lukaku's agent Mino Raiola with an eight figure sum like United will. Instead, they made a fruitless attempt to sway Lukaku "home" to the club he had longed to rejoin.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 7 - 10:12 PM

The BBC are reporting that Manchester United have agreed a fee with Everton to sign striker Romelu Lukaku.

The BBC cite senior figures within the Manchester club as the sources of their report. They claim that the transfer fee is coming in at £75 million. If the report is accurate, the Lukaku deal will herald the end of the Alvaro Morata saga which has been humming along in the background all summer. However, sources within Everton have rejected the validity of reports suggesting a deal has been agreed for the services of their free-scoring Belgian. Lukaku's former club Chelsea had been leading the charge to secure his signature, though it seems the sway of agent Mino Raiola, who also represents Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan may be influencing Lukaku's final destination. Lukaku is one of just four players to reach 80 PL goals before their 24th birthday. He rejected a contract offer from Everton earlier this year.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 6 - 11:48 AM

Everton star Romelu Lukaku announced that he has an agreement in place to join another Premier League club.

However, the 24-year-old did not mention which club he has agreed to join, nor whether the clubs' themselves have reached an agreement over a transfer fee. But Lukaku did hint that he would be playing in Champions League next season after scoring 25 league goals this season, with Manchester United and Chelsea the rumored destinations. Said the Belgian international: "My agent knows what's going to happen and I know as well. I'm staying calm and we have an agreement with the club as well. We stay calm and at least we have a direction where we want to go. I'm just going to rest for a few days and then just prepare for next season. I want to put the time in on my holiday to take everything to another level and be better than I was last year."
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 6 - 11:20 AM

Romelu Lukaku scored from the penalty spot in the 58th minute as Everton lost 3-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates to wrap up the 2016-17 season.

The Belgian forward is widely rumored to be ready to move on to a club in the Champions League with former club Chelsea and former boss Jose Mourinho among those reportedly interested. Lukaku missed out on the Golden Boot after Harry Kane scored six goals over the final two matches but his age and regular contention for that honor means that Everton should recoup a massive fee if Lukaku is sold.
May 21 - 12:17 PM

Everton is now goalless in three-straight league matches following Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Swansea City.

Everton traveled the Liberty Stadium looking to shake off last weekend's 3-0 defeat by Chelsea but found Swansea unbreakable. The Toffees got off to quick start when Romelu Lukaku headed straight at Lukasz Fabianski inside the opening 45 seconds. However, it was the home side that made their first chance count as Fernando Llorente headed home at the far post in the 29th minute. The goal shifted the momentum in favor of the Swans, who came close to adding to their lead through Andre Ayew and later Leroy Far. While Everton did turn up the offensive pressure throughout the final 20 minutes, Paul Clement's side held firm to earn all three points. The results leaves Everton in 7th on 58 points.
Source: NBC Sports
May 6 - 3:55 PM

Everton scored in the first minute and just kept going as they beat Leicester City 4-2 on Sunday.

The Toffees got a first minute goal from Tom Davies and then traded goals. It was ultimately Romelu Lukaku who proved the match-winner as he scored the second and fourth Everton goal. In-between Lukaku goals Phil Jagielka got in on the action as well.
Apr 9 - 1:15 PM

Romelu Lukaku didn't do himself any favors with Everton fans with last week's comments over his concerns about winning trophies on Merseyside.

It looks increasingly likely by the week that Lukaku will leave the club this summer despite weeks of contract talks, which left his agent Mino Raiola to say the deal was "99.9 percent done." Now Lukaku seems to have gotten cold feet over signing a new deal with Chelsea among the clubs being linked with a move for the Premier League's top scorer, who has questioned Everton's transfer policy this year. "No disrespect, but you want to remembered as well. You cannot only be remembered by scoring goals, you want to be remembered by winning trophies," Lukaku said. "...I don't know what the board's plan is, but there were some players I knew the club could have got and they didn't, and they're playing in this league. I am not saying names, but they are doing well. It is a little bit frustrating but, at the end of the day, we have fantastic players. We cannot look at the others, we can only look at ourselves."
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 21 - 3:00 PM

After a controversial week, Romelu Lukaku scored his way back into the hearts of Everton fans with a brace on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier this week news broke that Lukaku is refusing to sign a contract extension at the club after saying he wants to play for a club that will win trophies. But at the rate he is going, Lukaku could very well take home the Golden Boot after taking the lead with his 20th and 21st Premier League goal of the season: both coming in stoppage time in the second half. Lukaku also set up a late goal from Enner Valencia, who returned the favor by assisting on Lukaku's first goal just minutes later. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the first goal of the game, after getting a rare start in midfield since his return from injury. The 4-0 win against Hull is the seventh straight home win for the Toffees.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 18 - 1:10 PM