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Manchester United close in on £100m Lukaku deal after seeing off Chelsea

• Belgian will cost £75m plus £15m in add-ons after Chelsea’s hijack bid fails
• Wayne Rooney, notionally valued at around £10m, will return to Everton

Manchester United believe they have deflected Chelsea’s frantic attempts to hijack Romelu Lukaku’s proposed move to Old Trafford and are set to confirm the Belgian’s signing in a deal valued at £100m, which would also incorporate Wayne Rooney’s return to Goodison Park.

Lukaku is understood to have undertaken a medical at the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, where he has been on holiday with his friend and future club-mate, Paul Pogba. United hope to announce the transfer on Saturday, with the player to meet up with his new team-mates in the city on Sunday when they touch down to begin a five-match pre-season tour of the United States. The deal will be worth an initial £75m plus a further £15m of easily attainable add-ons linked to achievements and appearances.

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