MANCHESTER UNITED AGREE FEE WITH EVERTON FOR ROMELU LUKAKU
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku and Portuguese goalie Joel Pereira join United and sign a new United contract respectively for Manchester United. On separate occasions, United announced a Lukaku entry into the Theater of Dreams and a Pereira signing at Old Trafford . . .
Everton star forward, Romelu Lukaku Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has agreed a fee with Everton for the transfer of Romelu Lukaku. The transfer as usual is subject to a medical and personal terms.
Short BIO: Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Menama Lukaku (born 13 May 1993) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English Premier League club Everton and the Belgium national team. He is one of only five players to score 50 Premier League goals before his 23rd birthday, and the first foreign player to score 80 before his 24th birthday.
Lukaku earned a move to Anderlecht of the Belgian Pro League in 2006 and made his professional debut while still at school at the age of 16, and became the 2009–10 top scorer in Belgium as Anderlecht won the Belgian championship. In the 2011 summer transfer window, Lukaku joined Chelsea but spent the following two seasons on loan at West Bromwich Albion and Everton respectively, signing permanently for the Everton for a club record £28 million in 2014.
In retrospection: Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku (L) is challenged by Man United’s Marcos Rojo (R) in a Manchester United-Chelsea match.
Lukaku made his senior international debut for Belgium in 2010, and has since earned over 50 caps. He represented the Belgium at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016. In addition to his native French and Dutch, Lukaku can speak fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish, and a Congolese Swahili dialect, and can also understand German.
Lukaku once said that his childhood hero and biggest idol was Didier Drogba.
Manchester United has revealed that a further announcement on Romelu Lukaku’s coming to Old Trafford will be made in due course.
GOAL MINDER, PEREIRA, SIGNS NEW MANCHESTER UNITED CONTRACT
Joel Pereira has signed a new contract with Manchester United which will keep him at the club until June 2021, with the option to extend for a further year.
Pereira, 21, joined United in July 2012 after a successful trial spell in the Manchester United Academy. The Portuguese goalkeeper made his debut for the first team in January 2017, when he came off the bench to replace Sergio Romero, in the FA Cup fourth round match against Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford. He went on to make his full debut in the Premier League against Crystal Palace in May.
In response to his new Man United signing (photo: above), Pereira said:
“I have been at United for a number of years now and since the first day here I have enjoyed every minute. Over the last season I feel I have made great progress as a goalkeeper and this will stand me in good stead for continuing my development as a Manchester United player. There have been many memorable moments for me at this club; however, making my debut for the first team at Old Trafford was unbelievable for me and my family. I want to thank the manager and his coaching team for the help and guidance they have given me and I look forward to playing a part in the squad for many years to come.”
Short BIO: Joel Pereira
Joel Dinis Castro Pereira (born 28 June 1996) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Manchester United.
Born in Le Locle, in the Swiss Canton of Neuchâtel, Pereira began his football career in the youth ranks of local Neuchâtel Xamax before transferring to Manchester United in 2012. He was part of the team that won the 2014–15 Under-21 Development League title, and extended his contract on 13 August 2015, amidst a goalkeeping saga at the club.
On 25 February 2016, he had his first call-up to a senior Manchester United game, sitting on the bench for their 5–1 home win over FC Midtjylland in the last 32 second leg of the UEFA Europa League. On 31 August 2016, he joined Primeira Liga club Belenenses on loan. His loan spell ended on January 5, 2017 due to Manchester United’s third-choice goalkeeper Sam Johnstone joining Aston Villa on loan.
Pereira made his Manchester United debut on 29 January 2017, in an FA Cup fourth round tie against Wigan Athletic, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute for Sergio Romero. On May 21, 2017, he started for the first time in the Premier League, against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
In July 2016, Pereira was selected in the Portugal squad for the 2016 Olympic Games. He was a substitute in all four of Portugal’s matches in the tournament. In May 2017, he was selected in the Portugal under-21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
I wish Romelu Lukau and Joel Pereira a wonderful and productive stay at Old Trafford.
Up Man U!