Romelu Lukaku’s long-awaited move to Inter Milan from Manchester United has been confirmed this afternoon by the Serie A club in a deal worth a reported £74million.
The Belgian had also agreed personal terms with Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus whilst negotiations over a potential swap deal with Paulo Dybala were on-going. However, the move collapsed due to complications over the Argentine’s image rights and Lukaku will feature for Antonio Conte at Inter.
Lukaku had been a target of Conte’s in the summer of 2017 whilst the Italian was at Chelsea and the pair would have worked together had Lukaku’s agent at the time, Mino Raiola, not interfered in search of a payday. Conte’s frustrations at the Chelsea board for missing out on the deal amongst others became clear, later leading to a breakdown in the relationship between the club and manager.
🚨 | BIG ANNOUNCEMENT@RomeluLukaku9 è un giocatore dell'Inter! 🇧🇪⚫🔵
— Inter (@Inter) August 8, 2019
Lukaku, instead, joined United, scoring 42 goals in 96 appearances for the Red Devils whilst also becoming Belgium’s all-time top-scoring during his time at Old Trafford with 48 goals in 81 appearances. Speaking to Inter’s official website, Lukaku said: “Inter were the only club I wanted, because Inter is Not For Everyone. I’m here to bring the Nerazzurri back to the top.”
In an attempt to force a move, the Antwerp-born forward went AWOL this week, training twice with his former club R.S.C. Anderlecht’s U18 squad. Lukaku had not received permission to do so and was given a talking-to by Ole Gunnar Solskjær as well as being handed a fine.
The 26-year-old has signed a five-year contract in Milan and has left with a thank you and best wishes from United in a statement on the club’s website.
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