Romelu Lukaku wants Manchester United future resolved before pre season tour
Sources close to Lukaku have told the MEN the striker is intent on joining Internazionale since he does not feel ‘important’ under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Lukaku is keen to finalise a transfer within the next two weeks. United players return to pre-season training on July 1 before the tour squad flies to Perth on the 7th.
The MEN previously revealed Inter appeal to Lukaku because he wants to work with new Inter coach Antonio Conte and United are prepared to sell Lukaku but are holding out for the £75million they paid Everton for him two years ago. Everton inserted a sell-on clause that entitles them to £5m of any fee Lukaku commands this summer but Inter are yet to have submitted a bid.
The Premier League window closes on August 8 whereas Inter have until September 2 to recruit reinforcements. United did not sell any players after the domestic deadline passed last summer.
Conte is eager to sign Lukaku after missing out on the 26-year-old two years ago when he was Chelsea manager. Chelsea ended up signing Alvaro Morata – United’s back-up option – but the Spaniard struggled in the Premier League and was loaned to Atletico Madrid midway through last season.
Lukaku is determined to remain respectful towards United in stark contrast to the more flirtatious Paul Pogba but the Belgian has already endorsed Inter’s choice of Conte to replace the sacked Luciano Spalletti.
“It is good that Conte went to Inter, for me he is the best coach in the world,” Lukaku said last week. “As for my future, I have already made a decision that I still cannot communicate publicly out of respect for Manchester United, with whom I have a contract.”
Lukaku was set to move to Chelsea two years ago until his agent at the time, Mino Raiola, scuppered a deal and Lukaku became Raiola’s fourth client to join United in successive summers. Lukaku is now represented by the Italian Federico Pastorello.
Lukaku only started 15 of Solskjaer‘s 29 games in temporary and permanent charge and said in late April he did not know if he would be at United next season. Lukaku had no intention of leaving United under Jose Mourinho amid speculation surrounding a possible move to Italy and agreed to address the media for the October Champions League pre-match press conference against Juventus with the intention of quashing rumours.
Inter could embark on an extravagant spending spree in an attempt to end Juve’s domestic dominance and Lukaku has been lined up to replace their irascible number nine Mauro Icardi. Ironically, Lukaku could link up with Ivan Perisic, the winger former Inter coach Jose Mourinho wanted to supplement Lukaku with at United two years ago.