Romelu Lukaku joined Manchester United from Everton during the summer for a fee of £75 million but before the move was finalised the Belgian International was backed by many to return back to his old club Chelsea.
And now Everton co-owner Farhad Moshiri has claimed that the striker rejected a new deal at Goodison last summer in order to go back to Stamford Bridge.
‘With Romelu I wasted two summers trying to keep him. I spoke to him, his agent, his mother,’ said Moshiri(as reported by the Metro)
‘We tried to offer him a better offer than Chelsea. He wanted to play for Chelsea though – at that time.
‘The money that agents can get from players moving club is immense and nothing has to be disclosed. Bill [Kenwright] has been like a father to many players, but ultimately it’s the agents they rely on.
‘If I tell you what we offered him, you won’t believe it, and we offered him an even better deal.
‘His agent came to Finch Farm to sign the contract then Lukaku phones his mother and ‘there was a pilgrimage to Africa and some sort of voodoo that says he had to sign for Chelsea’. What can you do?
‘He’d gone to LA and wouldn’t go back, his brain had gone. Luis Suarez had to bite a few players to get his move.’
During the initial phase of the summer transfer window, Manchester United were said to be chasing Alvaro Morata while Romelu Lukaku was scheduled to head back to Chelsea. But in the end, Lukaku was the one who joined the Old Trafford outfit while Morata left Real Madrid to sign for Chelsea.