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Inter Milan ‘optimistic’ about signing Romelu Lukaku

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Chief executive Giuseppe Marotta announced he is “optimistic about everything” as Inter Milan continue their pursuit of Romelu Lukaku.

New Inter boss Antonio Conte has made Lukaku his top target for the transfer window to bolster his attacking options.

With Mauro Icardi on his way out, Conte seemingly views Lukaku as the right striker to help enable Inter to challenge Juventus for next season’s Serie A title.

Therefore, Nerazzurri officials met the Belgian’s club Manchester United last week in England to discuss a potential deal. Although it’s understood negotiations didn’t go to plan, with the Italian side struggling to match an asking price of more than €85m.

While confirming that they indeed made an “official approach” for Lukakusporting director Piero Ausilio conceded Inter could only fulfil Conte’s wishes “within certain financial parameters”.

Now, Sky Germany claimed that Inter have moved on to targetting Eintracht Frankfurt forward Ante Rebic.

When asked, though, if he’s still optimistic about signing Lukaku, Marotta told reporters: “Yes, I am optimistic about everything.”

Inter will be in action in Switzerland this evening against local side Lugano for their first pre-season friendly.

Lukaku, meanwhile, announced on Sunday that United supporters can expect news on his future within a week.

The 26-year-old sat out of the Red Devils’ first pre-season friendly on Saturday because of a small injury. Regardless, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side still beat Perth Glory 2-0 in Australia following goals from Marcus Rashford and James Garner.

Now, United will prepare for their next friendly in Australia against fellow English side Leeds United on Wednesday.

Although it remains uncertain whether Lukaku will feature after training separately from the rest of the United squad for most of the past week.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY 13: Paul Pogba of Manchester United controls the ball against Brandon Wilson and Neil Kilkenny of the Glory during the match between the Perth Glory and Manchester United at Optus Stadium on July 13, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)