Manchester United will reportedly ‘force Romelu Lukaku’ to stay at the club unless a potential suitor meets their valuation of the striker, according to the Evening Standard.
That suggests the Red Devils are not willing to accept a fee lower than their demands, even if it means getting the Belgium international off the wage book and replaced by a centre-forward more suited to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred system.
Inter Milan are favourites for the former Everton goalscorer, but after a disappointing season I don’t think many Reds will be sad to see Lukaku leave. Sad that it didn’t work out but there is no point crying over spilled milk.
The report claims ‘Solskjaer has already identified reinforcements and wants the cash from his sale to boost his rebuilding plans, rather than take a player in part exchange.’
That’s an interesting update considering The Metro today reported on claims United have turned down the chance to sign Inter stars Mauro Icardi and Radja Nainggolan.
If that’s an attempt to persuade United to accept a smaller transfer fee for Lukaku, the Serie A giants are going to need to step up their efforts. Perhaps offering centre-back Milan Skriniar would make the Red Devils budge.
ESPN claim United will hold out for £80m and are not interested in ANY swap deal that would see an Inter star cross ship to Old Trafford, though that’s probably because the club knows they won’t offer Skriniar.