Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has now revealed that striker Romelu Lukaku wanted to join Chelsea over Manchester United in the summer despite the fact that the Toffees were ready to give him the contract Chelsea were offering the Belgian.
Lukaku eventually joined United for £75 million rather than going back to Chelsea-the Blues signed Alvaro Morata to fill their No. 9 role.
The BBC reported Everton's owner, Farhad Moshiri told club shareholders Lukaku received a "voodoo message" while on a "pilgrimage to Africa". We offered him a better deal than Chelsea and his agent [Mino Raiola] came to Finch Farm to sign the contract.
"Romelu's decision [to leave Everton for United in June] had nothing to do with voodoo". "He will now see what judicial steps can be taken in relation to them".
"Romelu is very catholic and voodoo is not part of his life or his beliefs", the representative said.
"With Romelu, I wasted two summers trying to keep him", Moshiri said during Everton's annual general meeting on Tuesday. "That is why he did not want to sign on any condition". "He wanted to make the next step in his career and wanted the security to be able to leave" - said the representative. Chelsea bid for the striker and were favourites to re-sign the player they had previously sold to Everton.
Lukaku's legal team have responded to the accusations, suggesting the striker could seek legal action against Moshiri. "The first summer, I spent nearly three months, and we managed to keep him for another year". First summer with his agent, him and his family we managed to keep him.
"I can assure you we tried everything to keep Rom".
"Robert [Elstone, chief executive] was there, everything was in place, there were a few reporters outside", he added.
"I got close to Rom, I like the boy, he's a good boy, and I used all my charm to keep him and I flatly failed". Ultimately we lost money. "He'd gone to Los Angeles and wouldn't come back, his brain had gone".
The Belgium worldwide has enjoyed a decent start to life with United as he has netted 14 goals in a combined 27 Premier League and UEFA Champions League appearances.
The Spanish club said they would report United for increasing ticket prices that had already been set and for failing to make five per cent of all tickets available to their fans.