Inter Milan has finally ended their pursuit of Manchester United’s striker, Romelu Lukaku.
Just two years on after completing a big-money transfer from Premier League rival, Everton, Lukaku is keen to leave Old Trafford after being deemed as a second option under manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjær.
Inter’s manager, Antonio Conte has been a big admirer of the Belgian since his time at Everton and he tried to sign him for Chelsea in the summer of 2017 before the player opted for a move to Jose Mourinho’s side instead.
However, since the dismissal of the Portuguese in mid-November, the 26 year old has found himself in an uncomfortable backup position with Ole mostly preferring a forward line of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
Lukaku has been linked with Inter since the appointment of Antonio Conte and the former Juventus manager has confirmed his interest in the Congo-born player.
“Lukaku is a United player, this is the reality,” said the 49 year old.
“I like him as a player and I tried to bring him to Chelsea [previously]. I do not want to talk about Lukaku because I respect Man United.”
The Italian wants Lukaku to spearhead his attacking line at Inter Milan to propel the team to a first Serie A title since 2010.
The Nezzazzuri are believed to have submitted a bid of around £54m for the striker which was rejected by United immediately, as it falls short of their £75m valuation.
However, with the Italian powerhouse struggling to offload out-of-favor Mauro Icardi and a number of players which include Croatian winger Ivan Perisic and Lukaku’s Belgian counterpart, Radja Nainggolan, they have decided to look for less expensive alternatives, according to Gazetta dello Sport.
AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko has been on Inter’s radar for a long time, and the Nezzazzuri will re-ignite their interest in him, while Lille’s Rafael Leo is also an option.