Manchester United agree fee for Romelu Lukaku but Chelsea may make own bid

• United confident Belgium international will join before tour starts on Sunday
• Chelsea hopeful they still have a chance of signing the 24-year-old

Manchester United are convinced they are close to securing Romelu Lukaku for a fee of around £75m despite indications from Everton that a deal has yet to be agreed, and Chelsea’s private insistence they remain in the chase for the Belgium forward.

The confidence at Old Trafford is such that sources have indicated the player, who is currently on holiday in Los Angeles, could be signed in time to join up with his new team-mates as they continue their pre-season in the United States. José Mourinho’s squad depart on Sunday for that five-game tour and hope to confirm the striker as the second most expensive signing in their history, behind Paul Pogba.

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