Why De Gea and Lukaku are sitting out United v Leeds

Tanya Simon
July 18, 2019

"Lukaku chose Inter a long time ago and is the forward Conte imagined for his new side, though, so Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio owe it to both to try everything in search of a deal".

According to ESPN FC, Inter have offered £60 million ($74.4 million) plus add-ons for the 26-year-old.

There is no mention of what the additional bonuses would consist of, but it is believed that these payments would take the overall value of the deal to something close to United's high asking price.

Inter are aware that the Premier League transfer window will shut in three weeks' time and Manchester United will want time to secure a replacement for Lukaku.

"Eric had his operation before the end of the season, and now he's back", Solskjaer continued.

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Speaking in an interview quoted by Sky Sports, Solskjaer said when asked about Lukaku's future: "Let's see when the season starts".

Antonio Conte wants him to spearhead the Nerazzurri's attack this season while United are open to the idea of selling the Belgian.

The proposal, which Inter hope would be structured over two or three years, is for a permanent deal with bonuses created to help the Serie A club get closer to United's valuation. 'We've not had any bids we're considering. "You guys will know something next week", Solskjaer insisted.

But they are only in a position to come up with a guaranteed £60m over three years, with the further £15m dependent on how successful Lukaku is at the San Siro. He was quickly linked with a move away from Old Trafford, and Inter appear to be the only interested side.

United are increasingly confident of De Gea signing a new long-term deal and Solskjaer suggested it is a matter of "if and when" a contract is agreed with the Spaniard.

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