As per a report from the reliable Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Inter Milan are separated by 13 million Euro in their respective valuations of Romelu Lukaku.
United exit links
Speculation surrounding the future of Red Devils’ striker Lukaku has been rampant this summer.
On the back of a disappointing campaign last time out, during which he managed to find the net just 15 times across all competitions, rumours have long insisted that the board at Old Trafford are open to the idea of parting with Lukaku over the coming weeks.
#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 touted as potential destinations, meanwhile, Serie A giants Inter Milan have been the most persistently linked.
Antonio Conte, who was named as the new Nerazzurri boss in May, is said to have identified Lukaku as a key summer target.
Mauro Icardi’s Inter future appears far from certain as things stand, with the Belgian viewed as an ideal replacement.
To this point, however, a breakthrough is yet to be found.
Fabrizio Romano of the Guardian provided an update on the situation yesterday, confirming that a meeting between Manchester United and Inter Milan had been held, during which the Nerazzurri lodged their opening offer.
This comprised of €70 million, spread over two years, as follows:
‘€10m payment for the loan this summer and then further instalments of €30m in 2020 and €30m in 2021.’
Manchester United, however, are said to have rejected this bid.
And Romano has this afternoon provided further insight into the situation.
The board at Old Trafford have informed Inter that they will need to stump up €83.5 million for their out-of-favour hitman.
This would see the Red Devils recoup the entirety of the fee which they originally paid to Everton for Lukaku.
It remains to be seen, though, how open the Italian giants are to splashing out such a sum.