Romelu Lukaku will be allowed to stay in Los Angeles to complete his medical ahead of his move to Manchester United.
The 24-year-old will join Man United this week, despite Everton denying that any move will go ahead, for fee of around £75m, with add-ons set to increase the sum.
And according to the Times‘ Paul Joyce, he will have his medical in Los Angeles, signing a £200,000 a week contract before linking up with the first team squad – set to arrive in LA on Sunday.
This has all fallen into place very nicely: the Belgian’s arrival comes not long after Jose Mourinho reportedly expressed his discontent with the lack of transfer activity from the board – a clear smokescreen as part of a wider operation masterfully executed by Ed Woodward and Co.
The footballing world – this website included – was led to believe that United had vested all their efforts in prizing Alvaro Morata away from Real Madrid, with the Spanish champions holding out for a €79m fee.
Little did we know that United, behind the scenes, were quietly engineering a deal for Lukaku, leaving both Chelsea and Madrid in a state of despondent confusion in the process.
Woodward, once again, has pulled off a seismic act of tactical deception and sent shockwaves across Europe.