Wayne Rooney and Romelu Lukaku swap places at Everton and Man United
Lukaku joins United for around £70 million, while Rooney leaves Old Trafford to return to boyhood club
July 10th, 2017
Everton supporters have mixed feelings about the return of Wayne Rooney, although the striker is back at Goodison Park after signing a two-year deal and he’s hoping to win some silverware with his boyhood club.
Rooney’s arrival comes hard on the heels of Romelu Lukaku passing a medical at Manchester United, with the Belgian making the reverse journey for a fee of around £70 million and he’s described this as a “boyhood dream”.
“This is an opportunity I’ve always wanted since I was a child,” Lukaku told ESPN. “When Manchester United came calling I didn’t have to think twice. I’m really delighted to be part of their history. Who would say no to the biggest club in the world? This is the perfect opportunity. Best stadium in England, the best fans. My mind was already set, I gave my word and I don’t look back.
“I think United at the minute want to be the dominant team, that dominant force,” he said. “If you look at their history, it says enough. To become part of a club like them is something that I really wanted. I’m thankful for the opportunity they have given me; I always said I wanted to play for a team that’s challenging for every trophy there is.”
United qualified for this season’s Champions League and it was clearly an ambition for Lukaku to play in Europe, with this transfer meaning the player is reunited with former manager Jose Mourinho.