Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is being persuaded by Antonio Conte to join Inter Milan, since the striker has decided to leave the club for a summer transfer to Italy. According to FC Inter News, the Belgium international has a pre-agreement in place with the Serie A giants, though the two clubs still need to agree on a fee for the deal as talks continue.
This rumour has been developing for some time now, with Lukaku’s Man Utd future looking in doubt for a few months in the second half of the 2018/19 season. Despite being a regular under previous manager Jose Mourinho, Lukaku featured in the starting line up a lot less often after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over.
In fairness, this seems the right choice by the Red Devils boss as Lukaku hasn’t really lived up to expectations during his two seasons at United. Romelu Lukaku was told he can leave Manchester United during showdown talks yesterday.
The Belgium striker, 26, returned from his holiday in America to speak to Old Trafford officials over his future at the club.And United have made it clear they will allow him to move to Inter Milan should the Italians offer a deal worth just over the £75million they paid Everton two years ago.
Vice-chairman Ed Woodward will reject lower offers but could consider Inter players being part of the deal. Slovakia centre-back Milan Skriniar has been on United’s radar later while Ivan Perisic is another player they have admired. United will not pay up any of Lukaku’s £225,000-a-week wages on the three years left on his contract. Inter will need to agree lucrative personal terms to get him to Serie A this summer.
Juventus are also monitoring his situation and will join the race for Lukaku but Antonio Conte is in pole position to take him to the San Siro. Lukaku has not handed in a formal transfer request but his agent Federico Pastorelli has made it clear he his client would seriously consider a move. He had spells out of the team last season and towards the end of the campaign was hampered by a hamstring injury.