Man United reject latest Inter bid for Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku Manchester United

As per a number of reports across the English media this afternoon, Inter Milan have seen their latest offer for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku knocked back.

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 last 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.

Inter interest

As such, Lukaku’s struggles have led to inevitable rumours that the Belgian could be on the move this summer.

In fact, James Ducker of the Telegraph claimed all the way back in April that the board at Old Trafford were ready to listen to offers for their burly hitman:

Of the clubs to have been named as potential summer destinations for Lukaku, meanwhile, 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.

‘A dream’

The Manchester United hitman himself, meanwhile, recently opened the door to a move to Serie A.

Bernd Leno

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Bernd Leno of Arsenal reaches for the ball as Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United shoots during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on March 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Speaking in an interview with Sky Italia’s Lords of FootballLukaku 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.’

United stand firm

As per the aforementioned updates spreading across the English media this afternoon, though, neither Inter nor Lukaku appear any closer to having their respective hopes of a transfer come to fruition.

This comes after the Nerazzurri tabled their latest bid for the Belgian.

The proposal is said to have been worth £54 million (around 60 million euro).

However, the board at Old Trafford reportedly rebuffed the offer with little hesitation:

A report from the Telegraph last week, meanwhile, suggested that United could demand a hefty £90 million for Lukaku, a price-tag which Inter appear extremely unlikely to match.

As such, the very real possibility remains that the hitman could remain a Red Devils player into next season.

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