Romelu Lukaku has confirmed he will be joining Manchester United from Everton.
Pre-empting an official announcement by the club, the Belgium striker said in an interview with ESPN that he chose United despite a late offer from Premier League champion Chelsea, his former team.
“My mind was already set,” the 24-year-old Lukaku said. “I gave my word, and I don’t look back … I was already mentally preparing to be part of the team.”
Lukaku had a medical examination Saturday in Los Angeles, where he is currently on vacation. He is set to move for 75 million pounds ($97 million).
He said he spoke to close friend Paul Pogba, the United midfielder and world’s most expensive player, about the move.
“He (Pogba) was explaining to me how it went at the club, and it triggered something in my head,” Lukaku said. “When the opportunity came, I didn’t have to think twice. I’m really excited.”
Lukaku, a powerfully built, 6-foot-3 (1.90-meter) striker, links for a second time with manager Jose Mourinho, who sold the player to Everton in 2014 when at Chelsea. Lukaku had failed to establish a first-team…