Romelu Lukaku has made things difficult for himself at Manchester United by expressing his desire to make a move to Inter Milan.
In the views of Italian Journalist Gabriele Marcotti, who cannot figure out a way how the Nerazzurri would be able to match United’s reported asking price of £75m and the Belgian’s hefty wages.
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The striker seems to be calling it time on his United tenure amid some serious interest from newly appointed Inter boss Antonio Conte who also wanted him at Chelsea.
Speaking to Mediaset, he said: ” Good that Conte went to Inter, for me, he is the best coach in the world. As for my future, I have already made a decision that I still cannot communicate publicly out of respect for Manchester United with whom I have a contract.
“I am a big Serie A fan, those close to me know that I have always wanted to play in the English league and in the Italian one, I love Italy. And then Cristiano Ronaldo arrived, Sarri will go to Juventus, Ancelotti is at Napoli, it will be an exciting Serie A. The club and my agent will talk about it but I have already made my decision.”
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However, Marcotti seems to think that the Belgian needs to convince United to lower his asking price.
“It’s certainly difficult when you have a guy coming out and speaking so emphatically,” he told ESPN FC.
“But as far as I understand, there’s still an issue – you need to reach an agreement with Manchester United.
“If you’re United, you need to put a valuation on him bearing in mind you will need to go and sign another striker because otherwise you’ll only have Marcus Rashford left.”
He went on to add: “They’re talking £70m, I’m not sure how Inter can do that unless they get some serious money back for Mauro Icardi. That’s not entirely clear to me that they will.
“They’re also going after Edin Dzeko which will be more of a short-term solution.
“There’s also the issue of Lukaku’s wages, which make him the highest-paid player on the team by some margin.
“The old standby of ‘just give them [Ivan] Perisic and part-exchange.’ I’m not sure that’s gonna work anymore.
“So I think this is a lot more complex.
“I think this is a case of Lukaku and his people coming out and saying ‘look United, we have a deal in place. There’s a place for me to go. Just let me go.’
“But be reasonable about the money you get back, because you know you’re gonna wanna go and sign somebody else.”