What does Lukaku’s arrival mean for Inter?
Inter Milan finally have their man. After a summer full of speculation and rumours, Romelu Lukaku is set to lead Inter’s attack for the upcoming Serie A season.
According to Sky Sports, Inter and Manchester United agreed a deal worth around £73m for the Belgian striker.
The deal marks the conclusion of a summer-long saga involving Inter and Manchester United. Inter approached United early about Lukaku, as new Inter manager Antonio Conte sought to revamp his squad for the upcoming season.
Conte seemingly views Lukaku as the perfect replacement for Mauro Icardi, who quickly fell out of favour with his new manager. Manchester United were open to a Lukaku deal, but the teams struggled to come to terms over a transfer fee. Sky Sports reported that Inter were only offering around £70m for Lukaku, but United asked for more than £75.
After talks between Inter and Manchester United broke down, it appeared that Lukaku was on his way to Juventus in a swap deal for Dybala, but they could not reach a contract agreement with United.
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Bringing in Lukaku is an important piece of business for Inter. One of the biggest questions facing Inter this season was their goal-scoring ability. With top scorer Mauro Icardi destined to leave, it was unclear who would provide Inter’s attack.
Lukaku fills the attacking void upfront for Inter. Although he did struggle at times in his two years with Manchester United, Lukaku managed to score 53 goals during his past three Premier League seasons. His blend of size, strength, and technical ability makes him a handful for any defender, and he will likely excel playing in a league that tends to be less physical and more open than the Premier League.