This summer has seen a lot of strange things happening around transfer announcements. From Roma confirming their new signing via FIFA 17, to Yeovil Town using a new Snapchat feature to declare their’s to the world and Stoke putting poor Josh Tymon on the spot with perhaps the most awkward of thumbs up you’ll see.
However, what has confused many is Manchester United’s new approach to their dealings this year, with the Red Devils having confirmed a deal for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, before a medical has been undertaken and medical terms agreed.
It’s not only the way in which the club announced the deal that has taken some by surprise, but the move as a whole has caused some confusion, namely to Liverpool legend Robbie Folwer.
The former Reds striker, who scored 183 goals across two spells with the Merseysiders, has used his column in The Mirror to question just how the move came about.
“I have to admit I’m baffled by Romelu Lukaku’s decision to join Manchester United,” wrote the former England striker.
“It’s a funny one, why would he want to go and play for a manager who has already twice deemed him not good enough, which is exactly what Jose Mourinho has done, whatever way he wraps it up.
“Ok, I get he’ll say he’s improved, I get he is no doubt a better player, but really? It’s a strange one for me, especially as this deal looks suspiciously like it is a last minute deal.
“Everyone said he was nailed on for Chelsea and they were quietly confident, United seemed to be in for Morata, so what has changed so much to persuade Lukaku to risk his confidence, reputation and future with Mourinho.”
The Belgian international, who made just three appearances under the Special One at Stamford Bridge before he was sold to the Toffees in 2014, has also confirmed his move to Old Trafford – again ahead of any full announcement from United.
While Fowler goes on to balance his argument stating that the former Chelsea youngster is an upgrade on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and that, given his age, there is plenty of time to iron out any kinks in his game, there is a strange air around the sudden change of tide, with the 24-year-old seemingly all but a Blues player once again just weeks ago.
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