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Solskjaer makes surprise Lukaku transfer plea amid strong Inter links

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly begged striker Romelu Lukaku to stay at Old Trafford.

Lukaku has been heavily linked with a move to Italy this summer, with Sky Sports reporting Inter Milan were preparing a £62.8m bid for the Belgian.

The 26-year-old is said to be Inter manager Antonio Conte’s top summer transfer target.

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The Sun, however, report that Solskjaer has pleaded with Lukaku to fight for his place at the club next year, despite the news of Marcus Rashford’s new contract.

Rashford was consistently picked ahead of the Belgian international by Solskjaer last season and the report claims Lukaku is open to a move to Serie A this summer.

But Solskjaer is said to have spoken to Lukaku for before the club flew out for their pre-season tour of Australia, asking him if he is prepared to stay at the club.

It would be unlikely that Lukaku would settle for being a second choice striker at the club, after his £75m (BBC) move from Everton. The striker will want first-team game time after proving his goal-scoring ability in the Premier League.

This deal looks as if it depends on whether any club is willing to match United’s asking price for Lukaku. If he is sold this summer, then an attacking addition will be a necessity for Solskjaer to fill the gap left in the already weak current squad.

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