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Lukaku to Man United: Pogba sold me on move


By Robert Jones

Romelu Lukaku has revealed Paul Pogba played a big part in helping him choose Manchester United as his next destination.

The Everton striker is set to join United in a £75million deal imminently after the two clubs finally agreed a fee which could top £100m with bonuses and performance-related add-ons.

Lukaku has undertaken a medical in California, where he is holidaying with good friend Pogba, and was joined by his new teammates, who yesterday jetted out to LA for their 18-day pre-season tour of the United States.

And, speaking about his impending transfer for the first time, Lukaku has revealed Pogba's role in getting the deal over the line.

"I've been talking to [Pogba] for about seven or eight years. And now he's living in Manchester," he said.

"I live in Manchester. He lives like down the road from where I live, so we're together on a daily basis. He was explaining to me how it went at the club and it triggered something in my head. When the opportunity came, I didn't have to think twice. I'm really excited. I think they're all top players, a good group of guys that is hungry to win trophies.

"To play in front of those fans, everything is set there to perform. But, you know, I have to work harder than I'm doing now. I know the road is still far, but I'm willing to go on that path and grab the opportunity that I get.

"It's the biggest club in the world," he said.

"It's a club that's hungry to win the league again, to be dominant in the world again. This is the sort of opportunity that I always wanted since I was a child and when they came calling I didn't have to think twice."

Jose Mourinho - whose side will face MLS teams the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, as well as playing matches against Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup -has prioritised the addition of a No.9 this summer following the injury to and subsequent release of Zlatan Ibrahimovic with Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, Andrea Belotti of Torino and Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata on his shortlist.

But he has instead opted for Lukaku, a player who has scored 20-plus goals in each of the past three seasons for Everton, with the man himself over the moon.

"I'm really delighted to hopefully be part of their history," he added.

"Who would say no to the biggest club in the world? The best stadium in England, the best fans, it's the perfect opportunity.

"I always said that I wanted to play for a team that was challenging for every trophy that there is, and I think Manchester United at the minute wants to be that dominant team, that dominant force.

"And if you look at their history it says enough and to become part of a club like them is something that I really wanted, and I'm thankful for the opportunity that they gave me."

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