Romelu Lukaku is Inter Milan’s No.1 transfer target (Picture: Getty)Officials from Inter Milan will arrive in the UK next week in an attempt to thrash out a deal with Manchester United for Romelu Lukaku, according to Sky Sports.
The 26-year-old has emerged as Inter’s top transfer target this summer with the club’s new manager Antonio Conte keen to work with him after missing out on his signature during his time at Chelsea.
Lukaku endured a difficult season at Old Trafford, scoring 15 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions and fell behind Marcus Rashford in the pecking order after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed in December.
Solskjaer is also believed to have informed Lukaku that Rashford will be his first-choice striker at the start of next season should he end up staying, after the England international signed a new four-year contract last week.
Lukaku is currently in Australia on United’s pre-season tour (Picture: Getty)Nevertheless, United are under no obligation to sell as Lukaku has three years remaining on his contract and will only entertain offers for the Belgium international if they are able to recoup the £75m that they paid to buy him from Everton in 2017.
That price tag is likely to prove restrictive to Inter unless they are able to raise funds through player sales. Following his much-publicised fallout with the club last season, Mauro Icardi is available for transfer and has been linked with a move to Napoli.
Despite returning to pre-season early and joining United for their tour of Australia, Singapore and China, Lukaku has made no secret of his plans to move to Italy and has hailed Conte as the best coach in the world.
Inter’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta alluded to the club’s interest in Lukaku at the weekend, saying: ‘The transfer market is a work in progress. We are working hard to get the best squad possible for the new season. We are ambitious and want the best team possible.
‘We also must find ways to respect all financial perimeters too. We cannot rush things because that can lead to mistakes. We have clear ideas but we need to be patient. We have important goals and transfer targets in mind.’
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