Jose Mourinho is keen to wrap up the signing before the club's pre-season tour of the US, and it is believed that United grew frustrated with the pursuit of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, and were silently working on the deal for Lukaku, as they used Wayne Rooney as a makeweight for the deal.
The Red Devils are apparently hoping to conclude this deal in the next 24 hours as they want the 24-year-old striker to begin pre-season training with them on Monday.
Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road on December 12, 2015 in Norwich, United Kingdom.
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It remains to be seen whether or not Morata does indeed now sign an extension, but ultimately it looks as though United have already moved on. The former Chelsea man seemed destined to return to Stamford Bridge.
"Now you've got someone with genuine, genuine speed that United can play on the counter-attack".
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Mourinho would preferably like to bring in another player as well as Lukaku for then too, along with new centre-half Victor Lindelof.
Chelsea had believed that they were in pole position to land the Belgian, and utilize him as Diego Costa's replacement.
The Belgium global has been pursued quietly for months and is said to have been the club's main target, with Chelsea's interest helping to cover that up. Romelu Lukaku wanted to leave. It appears the Lukaku Manchester United transfer is being made possible by the striker's relationship with Paul Pogba.
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He was so sure of linking up with Mourinho at United that he snubbed an offer from AC Milan, who have been ambitious in the transfer market so far this summer.