Inter Milan stalling on Romelu Lukaku fee; player to head on pre-season tour with Manchester United

Inter Milan is reportedly stalling on matching the £75 million price tag of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku so the Belgian will be heading to Australia ahead of United’s pre-season tour. However, that is not a big problem as United’s third match in pre-season will be against Inter in Singapore so perhaps a move could be completed overseas?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will turn to Marcus Rashford, who signed a new long-term contract earlier this week, to lead the attacking line for the upcoming season, which could see the 21-year-old start to prove himself at the top level with him previously playing out of his preferred position for the club. Lukaku might not like that fact, which is why he wants to leave the club this summer.

It has been suggested for weeks that Lukaku could leave the club this summer, ever since he praised Antonio Conte as the ‘best manager in the world’, which was a pretty obvious suggestion that he did not want to be at United any longer. Inter though do not seem to want to pay the fee United will demand, instead, trying to take him on loan for £9 million on a two-year spell, then pay £53 million for the player in the summer of 2021.

It is suggested, because the Italian club does not yet have the money to buy Lukaku this summer, that they are aiming to raise the funds in order to do so. It should be pretty apparent to them that United are not going to allow them to pay for the player over the course of three summer transfer windows. If they want Lukaku, then they will need to pay for him this summer.

The report in the media suggests that Inter have now shelved their plans to try and get the 26-year-old Belgian on loan for a two-year spell, paying for him at the end of that term, which is what they should have done before even suggesting it in the Italian media. Over the past week or so, there have been many discussions with Lukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello and Inter with the agent recently saying:

“We will see the decisions they will take. The times? We do not decide them: it is clear that if they want to buy the player, they have to move.

“The figures? I don’t know, I never made the numbers. You need to ask the club. Inter is seriously trying, Lukaku is a declared goal. But it is still a difficult dream.”

Lukaku will now have to remain professional and apply himself during pre-season training, which is something that he seems to be doing having arrived at the Aon Training Complex earlier in the week. He may also need to play in at least the first two matches of pre-season, against Perth Glory and Leeds United, which will both be played in Perth, Australia. By the time United face Inter Milan in the opening International Champions Cup match, something might have developed in this transfer.

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