Manchester United's 11 biggest transactions as Romelu Lukaku nears £75m move from Everton

Manchester United are closing in on Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in a deal which could be worth a potential world-record £90million, with a £75m fee supplemented by add-ons.

Here's a look at the Old Trafford club's biggest buys and sales to date.

BOUGHT: PAUL POGBA (From Juventus, £89m, 2016)

A world-record deal took the France international back to his former club but he is yet to reproduce the form he showed at Juventus.

SOLD: CRISTIANO RONALDO (To Real Madrid, £80m, 2009)

Ronaldo's sale to Real smashed the transfer record eight years ago.

However, with Ronaldo having helped the Spaniards win the Champions League three times and two league titles - in addition to millions of shirt sales - Real more than got their money's worth.

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BOUGHT: ANGEL DI MARIA (From Real Madrid, £59.7m, 2014)

A British-record transfer at the time, as United backed new manager Louis van Gaal with cash, but the Argentina international failed to live up to lofty expectations.

BOUGHT: ANTHONY MARTIAL (From Monaco, £58.8m, 2015)

Full amount will only be due if all add-ons above the initial £36m up-front fee are met but that did not stop then manager Van Gaal describing the sum as "ridiculous".

Martial made an immediate impact, finishing his first season as top scorer, but has since slipped down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.

SOLD: ANGEL DI MARIA (To Paris St Germain, £44.3m 2015)

Just a year after joining Di Maria was on his way as a promising start to his Old Trafford career faltered to the extent he did not start a game between early March and the final match of the season, in which he got injured.

BOUGHT: JUAN MATA (From Chelsea, £37.1m, 2014)

The Spain international was a January arrival signed to boost a struggling David Moyes in his maiden season in charge, having succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson.

Has proved to be a successful buy.

BOUGHT: DIMITAR BERBATOV (From Tottenham, £30.75m, 2008)

Scored 56 goals in 149 appearances but had an up-and-down time at Old Trafford, winning the league twice.

BOUGHT: VICTOR LINDELOF (From Benfica, £30.7m, 2017)

Jose Mourinho followed up his interest in January by securing the services of the Sweden international at the end of last season to bolster a weakness in central defence.

BOUGHT: ERIC BAILLY (From Villarreal, £30m, 2016)

Bailly arrived a year ago and has settled well and looks set to be a long-term fixture at centre-back.

BOUGHT: RIO FERDINAND (From Leeds, £30m, 2002)

Arrived at Old Trafford in a ground-breaking move, becoming the most expensive British footballer at the time and the world's most expensive defender.

Became a pivotal member of Ferguson's dominant side and 12 years brought six championship titles and a Champions League win.

BOUGHT: WAYNE ROONEY (From Everton, £30m, 2004)

United paid what was then a record sum for a teenager to sign Rooney, but he repaid the investment in spades and has gone on to become the club's record goalscorer.

However, his first-team opportunities receded last season and a return to Everton is now a possibility.

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With the transfer window now officially open from July 1, the frenetic nature of speculation is only going to increase.

Rumours are starting to gather pace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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JAMES RODRIGUEZ

Manchester United have stepped up discussions over the signing of James Rodriguez this summer, in yet another move that involves Real Madrid.

The Independent reports that Jose Mourinho had instructed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward this week to move on from striker target Alvaro Morata and on to Everton’s Romelu Lukaku after growing impatient with the Spanish club’s refusal to budge from their €90m asking price.

RATING: 5/10

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James is one of the high-profile players consistently linked to United this summer without a deal really being in sight. A bit like Romelu Lukaku until Thursday, to be fair. Like the Belgian, it’s possible that he could emerge as a virtually done deal for Jose Mourinho’s side as well.

However, the relationship between Real Madrid and United appears increasingly strained with latest talks over David de Gea and more recently Alvaro Morata only compounding the discontent between both parties. There’s also a question of where the Colombian would fit in if he arrived at Old Trafford.

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James Rodriguez

ALEXIS SANCHEZ

Inter Milan want to make Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, the “poster boy” for the club’s new era.

The report, from Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, details how Suning are ready to move for the 28-year-old after Bayern Munich pulled out of the race.

RATING: 1/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

There’s always the slightest possibility but a move to Inter would make little sense for Sanchez. If his price is a little too steep for Bayer Munich and Arsenal refuse to sell to their Premier League rivals, then his best course of action would be to see out contract and leave on a free transfer next summer.

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Alexis Sanchez

THOMAS LEMAR

Arsenal have made an improved €45 million offer for Thomas Lemar, but Monaco are expected to reject the latest bid for the winger according to L’Equipe.

After bringing in Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, the Gunners are set to launch a bid to land another of Ligue 1’s finest.

RATING: 6/10

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Arsenal are actively seeking a replacement for Sanchez with the Chilean’s departure seemingly inevitable. Lemar would be a fine buy and would suit Arsenal’s style. Their pursuit of the Frenchman could also explain the lack of progress on the Riyad Mahrez front.

The biggest stumbling however is that Monaco would obviously prefer not lose half their team in one summer. Bernardo Silva has already left for Manchester City while Benjamin Mendy, Fabinho, Kylian Mbappe and Tiemoue Bakayoko are all subjects of huge interest from other clubs.

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Manchester United target Romelu Lukaku has remained in Los Angeles as a deal for him to move from Everton is thrashed out.

United are due to fly to California on Sunday to start their pre-season tour against the Los Angeles Galaxy the following weekend and the Belgium striker, who has been on holiday on the west coast of America, is staying in the United States for the time being.

Lukaku has been holidaying with close friend and United midfielder Paul Pogba and early on Friday morning the Red Devils’ £89million world-record signing posted an Instagram story of the pair training together at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Most of Everton’s players have returned to pre-season training – new signings Jordan Pickford and Sandro Ramirez and Mason Holgate have been given extra time off after their involvement in the European Under-21 Championships – but it is believed Lukaku has also been granted additional days.

Talks are also gathering pace for Wayne Rooney’s return to Everton from Old Trafford.

Despite United sources initially denying Rooney’s departure was linked to the Lukaku transfer, reports on Friday suggested the club’s record goalscorer will be included in a £100m package – the value Everton privately put on the Belgian – consisting of a £75m fee up front, £15m in add-ons and a £10m valuation of their own striker.

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