It was the biggest transfer of the summer, but Romelu Lukaku’s £75 m move to Manchester United wouldn’t have happened if it was not for a series of events that could be traced back to spot of “voodoo”.
The bizzare claim was made by Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, who said that the Belgian forward was ready to sign a new contract to stay at Goodison Park until he received a message “on a pilgrimage to Africa” urging him sign for his old club Chelsea instead.
Take it away Farhad.
“With Romelu I wasted two summers trying to keep him. I spoke to him, his agent, his mother,” he said. “We tried to offer him a better offer than Chelsea. He wanted to play for Chelsea though at that time.
“Bill [Kenwright] has been like a father to many players, but ultimately it’s the agents they rely on,” Moshiri said at Everton’s annual general meeting. “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 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.”
Lukaku eventually chose to join Manchester United over a return to his old club Chelsea.