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LON­DON: Manch­ester United com­pleted the sign­ing of striker Romelu Lukaku on a fiveyear con­tract yes­ter­day.

The deal for the 24-year-old Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional, which in­cludes an op­tion for a sixth sea­son, comes two days af­ter United an­nounced a trans­fer agree­ment with Ever­ton.

United didn’t dis­close the fee, but Bri­tish me­dia re­ported it to be an ini­tial £75 mil­lion (about R103m) with another £15m pos­si­ble in add-ons.

Lukaku was the Premier League’s sec­ond­top scorer last sea­son with 25 goals.

The move re­unites him with United man­ager Jose Mour­inho, who was Chelsea boss when they sold him to Ever­ton for £28m in 2014.

“Romelu is a nat­u­ral fit for Manch­ester United,” Mour­inho said on the club’s web­site. “He is a big per­son­al­ity and a big player. It is only nat­u­ral that he wants to de­velop his ca­reer at the big­gest club. He will be a great ad­di­tion to the group and I know they will make him very wel­come.

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing with him again.”

Lukaku scored 87 goals for Ever­ton but turned down the most lu­cra­tive con­tract in club his­tory back in March.

The sign­ing comes one day af­ter Wayne Rooney left United for for­mer club Ever­ton, though the moves weren’t con­nected. – dpa

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