Antonio Conte is refusing to throw in the towel on signing Romelu Lukaku after Manchester United rejected Inter Milan’s €60m bid.
After falling behind Marcus Rashford in the pecking order last season, Lukaku could be set to end his two-year stay at United for a move to the Serie A with Inter.
The 26-year-old striker is allegedly keen on becoming the latest star recruit in the Italian league, and holds a great deal of respect for Conte.
The Italian, who confirmed his interest in Lukaku on Friday, tried to sign him for Chelsea before he joined United from Everton for €84m in 2017.
Understandably, though, the Red Devils want a similar fee to the one they paid to sign Lukaku in the first place. Although this is a problem for Inter, who simply cannot match the club’s asking price.
But reports have claimed that the Nerazzurri tried their luck anyway in offering €60m two days ago. Unsurprisingly, United were having none of it and immediately rejected the offer.
The 20-time English champions did, however, leave Lukaku out of the squad for Saturday’s International Champions Cup (ICC) showdown with Inter for “fitness reasons”.
And Conte made it clear he hasn’t given up hope on signing Lukaku after watching his Inter team lose 1-0 to United.
“I think that I have always answered yesterday about Lukaku,” said the Nerazzurri boss, according to FourFourTwo.
“I think that it’s not right to speak about the player that in this moment is a United player.
“For this reason, I think we must show great respect for the club and at the same time also for the player and also for my players.
“As I said yesterday, Lukaku is a player…I like him, I like him because I consider him a player that could improve our team.
“But on one side there is my hope, my will. In the other side, then we’ll see what we find with the club.”
Mason Greenwood was the goalscorer for United in Singapore.