Bad blood over winger cited as Man Utd demand record fee for key man
Date published: Friday 12th July 2019 4:04
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio seemingly confirmed the Serie A club have made an official approach for Lukaku on Friday as they look to replace Mauro Icardi.
However, Sky Sports News states that United ‘are yet to receive a formal offer for Lukaku and haven’t named their price to any club’.
United bought Lukaku from Everton for a whopping £79m two years ago and Sky claim they’d ‘be looking for an increase on that figure if they were to be tempted to sell him’.
Sources have apparently told them that the club believed ‘a figure of £79m is not an accurate valuation on the player in the current market’.
Anything around that amount would smash Inter’s record transfer, which currently stands as the £42m they paid Lazio for Christian Vieri back in 1999.
The Red Devils made an offer last summer to bring the Croatian to Old Trafford but the Serie A side refused to sell him at the time.
And now Solhekol thinks the current negotiations over a potential deal for Lukaku might be affected by “bad blood” that still exists between the two clubs.
“There is some sort of bad blood between the two clubs,” Solhekol told Sky Sports.
“They offered €45million, Inter Milan said ‘we will not let him go unless we get €50m’ and they refused to sell him over just €5m.