According to the BBC, and now most other major news outlets, the Belgian striker is on his way to Old Trafford after the club agreed a £75million fee with Everton.
Chelsea had been seen as favourites to get Lukaku, but this update places the ball firmly in United’s court and we’d expect him to be paraded in a red shirt over the next few days.
Fans of the Stamford Bridge club are angry, but how must Conte be feeling if the news is true?
We’ll never know the Italian’s immediate reaction for definite, but the memes on Twitter give a hint of what it’d be like:
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) July 6, 2017
Live pictures of Antonio Conte pic.twitter.com/jPTe1gxiGH
— Tom Adams (@tomEurosport) July 6, 2017
Romelu Luakaku is on the verge of a move to Manchester United despite being Antonio Conte's main target. [Mail] pic.twitter.com/t1MWr5VKOI
— FTS Football (@FromTStands) July 6, 2017
Manchester United agree £75m deal with Everton for Romelu Lukaku… news reaches Antonio Conte pic.twitter.com/gj9qFfT7LE
— Adam Newson (@AdamNewson) July 6, 2017
Live pictures coming in from Antonio Conte's hotel room. pic.twitter.com/ab0lewjQlp
— FC Catenaccio (@tacticsofconte) July 6, 2017
— Steve Wheeler (@SteveWheeler79) July 6, 2017
Mourinho about to be pictured alongside Lukaku while Conte has to make do with 'Falky the fun owl'. pic.twitter.com/Bzqf2qNdvj
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 6, 2017
When Conte and Marina sticks with Marcos Alonso, Gary Cahill, Matic and only adds Llorente pic.twitter.com/28igKMAa5a
— Joey Gospel (@JoeySYM69) July 6, 2017
Lukaku to United?
Angry Conte? pic.twitter.com/ZSU84lXaXl
— Tom Doyle (@TomJDoyle) July 6, 2017
Those gifs are comedy, but there are more brilliant tweets about Conte’s reaction:
Ed Woodward signing Lukaku out of the blues after Conte chased Costa out of the club. Man will probably go bald again.
— Reggie. (@MatasLeftFoot8) July 6, 2017
The scenes when Lukaku grabs the winner at Stamford Bridge next season and runs past Antonio Conte to high five Jose Mourinho! #MUFC
— Joe Sillett (@JoeSillett) July 6, 2017
I tell you what, I wouldn't want to be near Conte when he finds out yous got him then. Most angry lad going!
— Jonny Torrens (@torrito16) July 6, 2017
Only joy i will have IF Lukaku comes to united will be how angry Conte will be after texting Costa and now being left with nobody ??
— Kweku (@Rolando_bj) July 5, 2017
Conte to rage quit?
— Shabaz (@DeadIyJuan) July 6, 2017
Conte absolutely fuming now..Ed Woodward taking the piss ??????
— Nene (@Nenedarkeh) July 6, 2017
Conte may simply just turn his attention to Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, if his attention wasn’t there already.
The Italian signed the Spanish striker at Juventus back in 2014, but never got to manage him as he left to become the Italy coach shortly after.
Chelsea fans – would you prefer Morata to Lukaku?