Manchester United have prioritised a move for Everton’s Romelu Lukaku over Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata after the Spanish club attempted to play hardball over a summer fee.
BBC have reported that a fee of around £75m has been agreed by both clubs as Lukaku seems destined for an Old Trafford switch, edging closer than Chelsea in the transfer.
Although multiple sources are now claiming that a deal has not been agreed, it’s clear Everton are trying to push for a bidding war as they hope to get the best possible fee for his services.
Mourinho cut Lukaku’s Chelsea career short following their brief spell together before he was sold to Everton, but it seems like he could be re-signed for almost three times that fee.
Speaking about Lukaku’s Everton transfer, Mourinho talked about the Belgian’s determination to become the first-choice striker
“Romelu was always very clear with us in his mentality and his approach was not highly motivated to come to a competitive situation at Chelsea. He wanted to be clearly the first-choice striker,” he said.
“Financial fair play is always something behind the thoughts of the Chelsea board and you have the chance to make some movements that create a positive impact Chelsea always analyses these situations.”
When asked about his mentality, Mourinho replied: “It is one thing to play for Everton and another thing to play for Chelsea. There are no regrets.”
He was one of the number of centre-forwards United have monitored and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic permanently leaving the club, it seems like Mourinho has massively stepped up the club’s pursuit.