At the beginning of June, I took a small bet on Lukaku leaving old Trafford this summer via one of the popular bookmakers using a sign up offer. It seems I will make some nice little money from that bet judging by the various reports linking Lukaku with a move to Inter Milan.
The latest news is from ESPN who claim their sources have told them Lukaku wants out but will not be forcing through a move. According to the reports, Lukaku fears Marcus Rashford will be manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first choice striker next season and is not ready to play second fiddle to the Englishman.
Lukaku who signed for Manchester United from Chelsea two summers ago 42 goals in 96 games in all competitions for the Red Devils. United had signed the player for an initial £75m but that has risen to £90m ever since as some clauses for add ons were met. And for this reason United are said to only be ready to sell Lukaku if they receive a significant offer.
Various reports have it that the Belgian has been convinced by Inter Milan’s new manager Antonio Conte and he wants to link up with the former Chelsea manager but it remains to be seen if Inter Milan will be ready to make Manchester United an offer they won’t be able to refuse.
Judging by reports, United are not keen to sell but will not stand in the way of the player if he chooses to leave. And if reports in the last few days are worth believing, the Red devils are eyeing a move for Nicolas Pepe of Lille as a possible replacement for the Belgian.
Pepe can play on both wings as well as a centre forward. However, Lille are said to be willing to sell only if they receive an offer that matches their £70m valuation of the player.