Manchester United Want £80 Million For Romelu Lukaku
Antonio Conte was appointed as Inter manager on Friday morning and he's expected to try and sign Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United but the Premier League club want £80 million for their striker.
There's a Sliding Doors style parallel universe where Romelu Lukaku re-signed for Chelsea under Antonio Conte rather than sign for Manchester United that could change the lives of many people in the Premier League.
Would Conte have been sacked? Would Jose Mourinho have gone for Alvaro Morata and got more out of him? Would Lukaku have been successful at Stamford Bridge in his second attempt?
Of course none of that happened and instead Conte finished his second season at Stamford Bridge 'only' with the FA Cup and got his marching orders. Mourinho was soon sacked too.
In January Alvaro Morata also left west London meaning the only person left where they started the whole saga is Lukaku but the Belgian could soon join Conte.
The Italian was announced on Friday morning as the new Inter manager, after Luciano Spalletti was released on Thursday, and according to reports he wants to sign Lukaku.
According to the Times, United are willing to to sell their striker but only if they get an offer of £80 million, as they hope to recoup most of their money.
The Premier League side paid Everton £75 million upfront for the 26 year old and have since paid another £15 million in add ons.
It is unlikely that Inter will match that valuation of the player especially as they already have Mauro Icardi up front, however they would be able to afford Lukaku if they sold Icardi.
The Argentine has had his problems at the San Siro this season and was dropped from the team by Luciano Spalletti for over a month before eventually returning to the team.
Juventus have been linked in the past with the former Inter captain and any move for him would give Conte the funds to sign Lukaku.
The former West Brom loanee, who scored a hat-trick against United in Sir Alex Ferguson's last game in charge of the club, scored 15 goals in all competitions this season for the Red Devils but was used a lot on the wing and as back up striker under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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