Man Utd star Romelu Lukaku urged to make Inter Milan transfer by team-mate

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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has been urged to make the move to Inter Milan – by Belgium team-mate Dries Mertens .

Lukaku is Inter boss Antonio Conte’s top target, but the Serie A club have so far been unable to reach an agreement with United, who are holding out for £75million.

Conte had been hoping Lukaku would be signed in time to face United in Saturday’s International Champions Cup game.

The 26-year-old striker does not appear to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first choice for the new season – and now Napoli forward Mertens has called on his compatriot to join him in Serie A.

“Lukaku is a very good player, already one of the best five strikers in the Premier League,” Mertens told Sky Sport Italy .

Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku in action for Belgium

“He’s still young and can learn a lot. He’s a person that always wants to improve so I’m certain he would be a good signing for Inter.”

Inter chief Piero Ausilio has led negotiations so far for Lukaku but has so failed to make a breakthrough .

Inter have only made a £60m bid, with a further £15m dependent on how successful the player is.

Inter would prefer a player exchange deal for Lukaku, or to pay in instalments, according to the Manchester Evening News .

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Lukaku does not appear to be at the forefront of Solskjaer’s plans for next season

But United are believed to want the full fee up front to give Solskjaer extra spending power as he strengthens his squad this summer.

Solskjaer fielded young forwards Mason Greenwood and new signing Daniel James in United’s most recent pre-season clash against Leeds United on Wednesday, with both players impressing either side of main striker Marcus Rashford.

Conte is understood to be fuming at the delay to his plans having not included Mauro Icardi in his travelling squad, suggesting that troubled frontman will be leaving the club this summer.





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