Romelu Lukaku finalized his move to Manchester United over the weekend, moving from Everton for $97 million. Lukaku is one of the best strikers in the Premier League, and at only 24 years old, should be a great player for United for years to come. Lukaku had an exclusive interview with ESPNFC in which he talks about his motivations for the move.
Chelsea FC had an interesting weekend, which overall was probably a net negative. Despite signing German defender Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea missed out on their main target, Lukaku, who of course headed to Manchester United instead. With Diego Costa angling for a move away after being told he was no longer needed, Chelsea are at a dilemma, and need a top striker to lead their line. Will they find someone else in the transfer market, or can Costa be convinced to remain at Stamford Bridge? Not sure, but it’s setting up to be a very important transfer window for the champions.
The U.S. drew 1-1 with Panama to open the Gold Cup, and its fair to say the performance left something to be desired. The U.S. had some good spells of play, but overall were inconsistent, and will definitely hope to improve as the tournament progresses. Matt Doyle of MLSsoccer.com points out a few areas of concern for the U.S.
Mexico Coach Juan Carlos Osorio has been suspended by FIFA for six matches for abusing some of the match officials during Mexico’s game vs Portugal in the Confederations Cup. Osorio will miss the entire Gold Cup, and if Mexico is eliminated early, he will miss any future Mexico games before his six-game suspension is up. FIFA has not released what exactly Osorio said, but it must have been very vulgar and insulting if he was suspended for six games.
As Romelu Lukaku left Everton for Manchester United, Wayne Rooney went the other way, returning from Manchester United to his boyhood club of Everton. Rooney leaves as Manchester United’s all time leading scorer, and has won every trophy there is to win at United. Yet as Amit Katwala of FourFourTwo points out, Rooney is still a polarizing figure among some Manchester United fans.
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