Romelu Lukaku’s move to Inter Milan has reportedly suffered a blow as Manchester United are demanding more than €85m.
Inter finally stepped up their pursuit of Lukaku by sending sporting director Piero Ausilio over to England to begin talks with United.
The 47-year-old Italian returned to Milan on Thursday and confirmed to reporters that Inter made an “official approach” for Lukaku. Although he stated the club could only fulfil manager Antonio Conte’s wishes “within certain financial parameters”.
It’s reported that the Nerazzurri hoped to seal a two-year loan deal for the Belgian. As part of the offer, United would’ve received €10m in the first year before receiving another €60m across the next two years to make the deal a permanent one.
But Sky Sports claim that Red Devils officials are having none of it and allegedly told Ausilio that Inter will have to pay more than the €84.70m they used to sign Lukaku from Everton in 2017.
The Serie A club’s hopes of landing the 26-year-old are, therefore, in serious doubt. To have any chance now, they must offload players to build sufficient funds.
That may be a problem, though, as Inter have only made €38.10m in selling seven players in the current transfer window. In fact, considering they’ve spent €73.50m on new players already, the club have lost €35.40m this summer.
Their last remaining hope of getting the funds for Lukaku could be on selling the €80m-rated Mauro Icardi.
The Argentine striker, who has scored 124 goals in 219 games for Inter, is searching for a new club after Giuseppe Marotta told him he’s San Siro career is over. However, no offers have come in yet.
Inter are also trying to sell Radja Nainggolan, Joao Mario and Dalbert Henrique this summer.
Meanwhile, Lukaku continues to train in Australia with his United team-mates and has remained silent on his future.