Inter chief Giuseppe Marotta has provided a transfer update on striker Romelu Lukaku saying his club must be ‘patient’ in the transfer market.
The 26-year-old has been heavily tipped to join the Serie A side and he has kept no secret of wanting to move to Italy.
Lukaku has joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his side for their pre-season commitments in Australia and the Far East.
The Belgian is the most sought after transfer target for newly appointed Inter boss Antonio Conte who also wanted to sign him at Chelsea but the club CEO Marotta has emphasized that the club must exercise caution to avoid breaching FIFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
The Nerazzurri has also put up Radja Nainggolan and Mauro Icardi up for sale.
“‘The transfer market is a work in progress. We are working hard to get the best squad possible for the new season,” Marotta said when asked about Inter’s interest in Lukaku. (Metro)
“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.”
Inter have also touched on the subject of sending Mauro Icardi to Old Trafford in order to sweeten their deal for Lukaku.
Addressing the subject, Marotta 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.”
Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello echoed the same sentiments in an interview last week claiming it was a ‘difficult dream’ for his client to make the switch to San Siro.
The Red Devils are looking to recover the £75million they paid Everton for Lukaku two seasons back.