Inter patient over Romelu Lukaku transfer
- Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta says the club "cannot rush things" in their pursuit of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku
- Since bringing in former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, the Serie A club have identified Lukaku as their main target for the summer transfer window
Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta says the club “cannot rush things” in their pursuit of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
Since bringing in former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, the Serie A club have identified Lukaku as their main target for the summer transfer window and are keen to bid for the Belgium international, providing Financial Fair Play rules are not breached.
Conte tried to buy Lukaku in 2017 when he was in charge of Chelsea but the 26-year-old opted to join United, where he has scored 42 goals in 96 appearances.
When questioned about Lukaku, Marotta said: “The transfer market is a work in progress. We are working hard to get the best squad possible for the new season. We are ambitious and want the best team possible. We also must find ways to respect all financial perimeters too.
“We cannot rush things because that can lead to mistakes. We have clear ideas but we need to be patient. We have important goals and transfer targets in mind.”
Although, amid Inter’s interest, Lukaku was included in United’s squad for their tour of Australia, Singapore and China as they left the UK on Sunday.
However, two players that certainly will not be part of Conte’s plans for next season are Argentine striker Mauro Icardi and Belgian midfielder Radja Nianggolan after Marotta confirmed they will be leaving.
He said: “Nainggolan and Icardi? We need clarity and transparency. They’re great players and talent, but it’s not enough. They are not part of our project, I say this with transparency and respect. Icardi is on the market. But we respect the contractual agreements.”
If a deal for Lukaku cannot get over the line, Inter may turn to Roma striker Edin Dzeko who has scored 62 goals in Serie A over the last four seasons.
When asked about Dzeko, Marotta replied: “Patience is needed. It’s like a chess game. He is an objective for us but both parties are trying to find the right deal. The player favours the move but that doesn’t mean everything. We must respect the financial perimeters.”
Conte signed a three-year contract at the San Siro in May in what is his first job since leaving Chelsea a year ago.
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