Inter Milan preparing loan offer for Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United outcast set for a transfer?

There's expected to be a number of high profile departures from Manchester United this summer following on from their forgettable 2018/19 season.

The Red Devils slumped a sixth placed finish in the Premier League along which saw them fail to qualify for the Champions League, along with making disappointing premature exits from both the EFL Cup (third round) and The FA Cup (quarter-finals).

Big changes are required at Old Trafford and one of which could revolve around the future of striker Romelu Lukaku.

United shelled out a massive £75m which could potentially rise to £90m for the Belgium international from Everton two years ago and despite showing flashes of the obvious talent he possesses, he's struggled to do it consistently which has resulted in him failing to win over the supporters.

The majority of United fans want him out but it could be difficult. The Red Devils will want to recoup the majority of the huge outlay they made to secure his services and he's also on a substantial contract, so only a select number of clubs will be able to afford him.

One of which could be Inter Milan. The Serie A giants are also in the market for several new recruits and they have money to spend, which is one of the reasons why they managed to convince Antonio Conte to join the club.

Antonio Conte Chelsea
Recruiting Antonio Conte was something of a coup by Inter, with the Italian achieving success everywhere he's been

The Italian has been a keen admirer of Lukaku for some time now dating back to his time as Chelsea boss where he tried to sign him before he chose United, so he knows all about his quality.

The Nerazzurri are expected to be in for a striker this summer with the future of controversial striker Mauro Icardi the subject of much debate after falling out with club officials last term.

The Argentine has been one of the most deadly forwards in Serie A over the last few seasons so if Lukaku does end up replacing him then he has enormous boots to fill.

Conte is expected to test the waters very soon and Inter are expected to make an opening bid of around £63m, £12m less than the initial fee United paid Everton two years and there are some catches.

Due to FFP, Inter are keen to complete a two year loan deal which would include an obligation to buy. They're proposing a £9m up front fee which United would receive immediately, with the obligated fee expected to be £54m.

United are open to selling their second most expensive signing (behind the £89m Paul Pogba) but it would be surprising if they accepted this deal. Not only would they be taking a significant hit on him, they'd also have to wait two years to receive the bulk of the fee from the Italians.

Sanchez Lukaku
Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku are two high profile players who could be on the move this summer

But on the flip side, it would mean that a big earner is off the books, although money evidently isn't a problem for the Red Devils. And it also appears that the player himself is keen on a move to Serie A if these comments from his agent are anything to go by.

Federico Pastorello was in Milan on Tuesday for talks with Inter who'll be free to make new signings once they're released from their FFP settlement agreement with UEFA on 30th June. He was asked if the Nerazzuri were interested in recruiting Lukaku this summer

"Yes, he's publicly expressed his plans and desires. We'll see what happens.

"Lukaku is a dream, a difficult one to make happen as such, but I believe nothing is impossible. It's not impossible and Inter is trying hard."

We're not expecting United to accept this proposal but Conte is clearly desperate to add the Belgian and with significant financial backing behind him, this is definitely one we can see getting over the line eventually.


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