Romelu Lukaku’s future at Manchester United seems shortlived as player asks to leave…

Romelu Lukaku has reportedly asked Manchester United to let him leave the club this summer. La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy carry the reports of the Belgian asking to leave the Theatre of Dreams this summer. The 26-year-old has been linked to Inter Milan after former Chelsea and Juventus manager, Antonio Conte took over at the San Siro club.

It is suggested that Lukaku is impatient at United and wants a quick decision from the club as he looks to move to the Serie A after finding it difficult at United over the past two years, especially the past season after he was deposed by Marcus Rashford after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the club in December, getting the job permanently in March.

United will be looking to recoup most of if not all of the money paid to Everton for the striker in the summer of 2017 and it is suggested that Inter Milan is not keen on the reported £80 million asking price for the Belgian but if they want him, they cannot expect to have that fee reduced by refusing. That just won’t work. Want Lukaku? Pay up!

Belgium manager, Roberto Martinez recently spoke to the media about the player and stated that it was clear that Lukaku needed to leave United this summer. That admission may not help the player but will irk United a bit more. Looking at the situation, it seems the player is doing all he can to get others involved in the posturing, which could turn it toxic.

Lukaku needs to accept that if United let him leave this summer, it will be on their terms, not his. They owe him nothing at the end of the day. Lukaku agreed to sign a five-year contract two years ago, meaning he has three years left, plus the option of a fourth – so legally speaking, he’s committed to the club. Speaking to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws and reported by The Mirror, Martinez said:

“It is clear that he has to leave Manchester United. It would be a good thing for both parties. It is now important that Romelu finds the right club.”

United will obviously need to find a replacement for Lukaku this summer and they have been linked with Moussa Dembele of Lyon and Sebastien Haller of Eintracht Frankfurt, although no further reports of the club being interested, or taking that interest further have emerged. As Lukaku has a minimum of three years left at United, it will make the club powerful in the decision and if they agree to let him leave, any interested club will have to meet their terms.

As it has already been reported that Inter Milan will not pay the reported £80 million asking price for the player, they will need to enter into negotiations with United, once a decision on Lukaku’s future has been made. It will be up to the Italian club to tempt United into agreeing on a possible deal. Previous reports have linked both Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic, separately in deals to bring the cost down for Lukaku but United rejected both.

United have held an interest in central defender Milan Skriniar but Inter Milan rejected that attempt, which to me would suggest that the Italian club will only want to offload players they want rid of to bring in Lukaku and are not interested in getting rid of players that United might actually be interested in. That is not something that will get them what they want.

This may play on for a while yet, possibly into the new season, the way transfer negotiations seem to take United, anyway. Although the transfer window will close on the 8 August, just before the new Premier League season starts in England, the Italian club will have an extra nine days with the window closing on the 23 August. However, United will need a replacement, so a deadline on any possible deal should be put into place.

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