Manchester United Turn Down Icardi And Nainggolan In Player-Plus-Cash Deal For Romelu Lukaku
Manchester United have turned down an enticing offer from Inter Milan for Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian striker, 26, is ready to quit Old Trafford this summer and the Italian club have shown interest in snapping him up in recent weeks.
According to ESPN, Inter made an offer to the Red Devils of cash plus a choice of Mauro Icardi or Radja Nainggolan for Lukaku.
But United have refused the bid for the player as they continue to hold out for their €80m price tag placed on him.
And Lukaku's agent, Federico Pastorello, has admitted that his client is trying to push ahead with a move to the San Siro.
"Lukaku is a dream, a difficult one to make happen as such, but I believe nothing is impossible," he told reporters after a meeting with Inter's uppers.
"Yes, he's publicly expressed his plans and desires. We'll see what happens."
The ex-Everton and Chelsea striker has previously spoken about his desire to play in Serie A and to work with Inter boss Antonio Conte.
"Good that Conte went to Inter, for me, he is the best coach in the world," the Belgium international said.
"As for my future, I have already made a decision that I still cannot communicate publicly out of respect for Manchester United with whom I have a contract.
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"I am a big Serie A fan, those close to me know that I have always wanted to play in the English league and in the Italian one, I love Italy.
"And then Cristiano Ronaldo arrived, [Maurizio] Sarri will go to Juventus, [Carlo] Ancelotti is at Napoli, it will be an exciting Serie A.
"The club and my agent will talk about it but I have already made my decision."
Conte, 49, wants Lukaku to be his marquee summer signing and his arrival would open the door for Icardi to leave.
The Argentine striker, 26, has had a troubled season at Inter and has been linked with the likes of Juventus and Napoli.
And the former Inter captain has a €110m release clause in his current deal, which becomes active from 1st July until 15th July.
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