Romelu Lukaku’s move to Old Trafford was one that was not expected to be completed the way it was done.
The 24-year old was a Chelsea reject so he moved to Everton. At Goodison Park he blossomed. When the Premier League champions were reported to be set to sign him again and sell Diego Costa, it was what everyone believed.
However, Manchester United stole the deal to land the player. Ironically, it is Jose Mourinho who sold the player while he was at Stamford Bridge. Last summer Mourinho broke the football record when he lured Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford. The Portuguese sanctioned the deal costing £89 million paid to Juventus.
That deal brought back English football to the peak of transfer market deals – a tag Spanish football were holding firmly. Since when Newcastle paid £15 million for Alan Shearer in 1996, the English sides have not help the world record for transfer fees. It was Spain and Italy that were spending that much. The advert of Chinese and Arabian money tilted the deals as well but their presence was scattered across Europe. Continue reading