Sporting director Piero Ausilio confirmed that Inter Milan have made an “official approach” for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
With Mauro Icardi on his way out this summer, Inter have made Lukaku their top transfer priority in a bid to add some badly needed firepower to their frontline.
In comparison to their top-four Serie A rivals, the Nerazzurri finished with the worst goal record last season on 57 goals in 38 games. Third-place Atalanta, meanwhile, finished with the best record on 77 goals.
So, new Inter boss Antonio Conte will have to sign a top striker to reach his aim of restoring the club as title challengers.
And Lukaku, who has fallen behind Marcus Rashford in the United pecking order, fits the kind of profile the former Chelsea manager wants. The Belgian himself recently fueled the speculation by describing Conte as “the best manager in the world.”
Therefore, Inter have sent officials over to England to begin talks with United over a potential deal for the 26-year-old.
Reports have suggested that the Italian giants are seeking to take Lukaku out on an initial two-year loan deal. Apparently, they plan to pay United a €10m loan fee before splashing out another €60m between 2020 and 2021 to make it a permanent deal.
And now Ausilio, who returned to Milan on Thursday, has finally confirmed Inter’s interest in Lukaku.
“We had a meeting with Manchester United for Lukaku,” said Ausilio, according to AOL.
“It was an official approach between two important clubs. We’ll see what happens.
“All the players we’re following are targets we’ve agreed with Antonio Conte. We want to satisfy his request within certain financial parameters.”
Lukaku is currently in Perth, Australia, preparing for United’s pre-season tour. Although he has missed training sessions due to a suspected knock and was seen working on exercise bikes instead.