Romelu Lukaku agreed terms with Inter Milan ‘weeks ago’ for his transfer from Manchester United according to a report in Gazetta Dello Sport.
The report, as translated by Sport Witness, states that Lukaku has already met up in Milan with the club’s officials over a possible summer move.
Antonio Conte is a known admirer of the Belgian international and it looks set that he will be confirmed as Inter boss imminently, with Lukaku his prime target.
Lukaku looks keen to move away from Old Trafford this summer, and is even prepared to take a pay cut to join the Italian side according to Gazetta.
The Serie A giants had offered Croatian World Cup finalist Ivan Perisic as a makeweight in the deal, but it is understood that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not keen on the ageing winger who was once targeted by Jose Mourinho.
Man Utd’s unwillingness to sign Perisic is what is complicating the deal from being accelerated, as Inter may struggle to find the €70m fee demanded by the Reds.
Lukaku has been heavily criticised by United fans this season and it would not be disastrous to see him leave, if the right replacement was found. The Reds will look to earn back as much of the £75m (BBC) they paid for him two seasons ago, with it looking increasingly likely that the maligned striker will leave the club.