Reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has provided an update on the possibility of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku joining Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Lukaku’s second season struggles
26-year-old hitman Lukaku made the move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2017 for a hefty £75 million fee.
However, following a solid debut campaign in Manchester, during which he notched an impressive 27 goals across all competitions, the Belgian subsequently struggled to replicate such form this past season.
All told, Lukaku managed 15 goals for the Red Devils, though 6 of these came during a 3-game purple patch between the end of February and beginning of March.
In addition, crucially, the all-round centre-forward play of the former Chelsea man left a lot to be desired.
As such, Lukaku’s struggles have led to inevitable rumours that the Belgian could be on the move this summer, amid claims of a potential Manchester United squad overhaul.
In fact, James Ducker of the Telegraph claimed back in April that the board at Old Trafford were ready to listen to offers for their burly hitman:
#MUFC are prepared to listen to offers for Lukaku, who is open to a move. Was put firmly in the shop window by his representative this month. A sale would depend on someone being able to stump up a huge fee and finance his £255,000 a week wages though https://t.co/qLHCuBZhge
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) April 20, 2019
Of the clubs to have been named as potential summer destinations for Lukaku, Italian outfit Inter Milan have been the most heavily-linked.
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte replaced Luciano Spalletti on the bench at the San Siro in May.
And Conte is said to have identified Lukaku as a key summer target.
Mauro Icardi’s Inter future appears far from certain as things stand, with Lukaku viewed as an ideal replacement.
The Manchester United hitman himself, meanwhile, recently opened the door to a move to Serie A.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Italia’s Lords of Football, Lukaku explained:
‘Playing in Serie A is a dream. It would really be a dream.’
‘I hope to be able to play sooner or later. Even if at the moment I am focused on United.’
Inter to table new offer
To this point, however, Inter’s pursuit has proven fruitless.
United have long been reported to be standing firm in their demands of 80 million Euro cash for Lukaku.
The ever-reliable Gianluca Di Marzio, though, has since provided an update on the situation.
A meeting between the respective hierarchies of Inter and United is reportedly set to take place today.
At this summit, the Nerazzurri will reiterate their desire to coax Lukaku to the San Siro.
This will be followed by an offer of a two-year loan, with a mandatory purchase option of 70 million Euro in the summer of 2021.
It remains to be seen, though, how open the board at Old Trafford would be to such a proposal.