Manchester United vow to hold out for £90m for Lukaku as they await first bid from Inter Milan

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Manchester United vow to hold out for £90m for unsettled striker Romelu Lukaku as they await first bid from Inter Milan

  • Inter Milan have made an approach to Manchester United for Romelu Lukaku
  • Sporting director Piero Ausilio flew to London for discussions with Ed Woodward
  • The Belgian looks set to leave Old Trafford this summer after falling out of favour
  • New Inter boss Antonio Conte wants Lukaku to replace Mauro Icardi in Milan

Manchester United are determined to recoup the £90m transfer fee they paid for Romelu Lukaku before letting the Belgium striker join Inter Milan.

Inter have yet to make a formal offer for Lukaku despite talks between the two clubs in London on Thursday, but it’s understood that United do not want to make a loss on the player.

They agreed to pay Everton £75m plus £15m in add-ons when he moved from Goodison Park to Old Trafford two years ago. Everton are also due £5m of any sell-on fee, meaning that United are unlikely to settle for anything less than £90m.

Inter Milan have yet to make a firm bid for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku

Inter Milan have yet to make a firm bid for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku

Sporting director Piero Ausilio flew to London for discussions with Ed Woodward on Thursday

Sporting director Piero Ausilio flew to London for discussions with Ed Woodward on Thursday

Having been forced to pay Crystal Palace £50m for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and haggle with Leicester over their £90m valuation of Harry Maguire, United are insistent that they will not sell Lukaku cheaply in an inflated marketplace.

Although it has been reported that Inter offered a total of £63m to take Lukaku on loan for two years and then sign him on a permanent basis, United have not received a firm bid from the Italian club.

They are not desperate to sell the 26-year-old striker but are open to offers after he lost his place as a regular starter to Marcus Rashford following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as manager.

Lukaku is on United’s pre-season tour of Australia, Singapore and China although it remains to be seen if he features in the opening game against Perth Glory in the Optus Stadium on Saturday after working out in the gym instead of joining in a public training session on Thursday. 

Antonio Conte is desperate to bring him to Inter, but Juventus are making it very difficult

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged Lukaku to stay at United for another season and reject a move

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