Manchester United agree deal to sign Romelu Lukaku

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Chelsea look set to face a surprise defeat in their attempt to re-sign Romelu Lukaku.

Paul Pogba recently moved to the top of the United money tree on an annual £14million per year following the expiration of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's £367,000 per week deal.

The move, which is not linked to any talks of a Wayne Rooney deal in the opposite direction, is expected to be formally announced within the next 36 hours. The striker apparently only wants to play for Atletico Madrid if he is sold and his transfer market value as a outcome has diminished drastically from the sums being bandied about in January when a move to the Chinese Super League was under consideration.

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Premier League holders Chelsea have turned their attention towards Torino's Andrea Belotti and Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata following their failure to pursue Romelu Lukaku this summer.

But manager Antonio Conte is furious about the failure of the club to wrap up the deal along with other signings so far this summer, The Mirror say.

Finishing the campaign behind only Harry Kane on the English top-flight scoring charts, the towering hitman registered 25 goals for the Toffees. However, the Premier League champions entering the fray could change things. Since becoming a full-time starter in England's top flight, the Belgium worldwide has failed to score 15 or more league goals only once, when he scored 10 during the 2014-15 season. Wenger might prefer to hold him to the final year of his deal and lose him for nothing next year, but that scenario rarely happens.

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Collins said: "I'm delighted to have this opportunity coming from Chelsea under 23s now to play men's football". He's hoping that Chelsea will come calling for him.

It remains to be seen whether or not Morata does indeed now sign an extension, but ultimately it looks as though United have already moved on.

However, Everton and Chelsea failed to arrive at an agreement, leaving room for United to swoop in.

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