MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United has completed the signing of Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton on a five-year contract, strengthening the team’s attack following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
United said on Monday that the 24-year-old Lukaku has an option for an extra year, after he underwent a medical examination while in the United States. He will join the team in Los Angeles for preseason training.
A fee wasn’t mentioned, but it’s believed to be 75 million pounds ($97 million). He is the second most expensive player in United’s history after close friend Paul Pogba, who joined last offseason for $116 million, and the club’s second signing of the summer after center back Victor Lindelof.
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 failed to establish a first-team place at Chelsea and had to spend most of his time on loan…