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Inter Milan CEO Marotta in no rush to wrap up Lukaku transfer

Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta has said he is willing to be ‘patient’ regarding the potential signing of Romelu Lukaku.

The future of the Manchester United striker is up in the air, with new Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte known to be a big admirer of the Belgian, having tried to sign him when he was in charge at Chelsea.

Lukaku himself has been pretty open in stating his desire to play in Serie A, but a deal is being slowed down by Inter Milan’s inability to offload a number of players, with Mauro Icardi the main man that they are trying to get off the books.

While a lot of focus has been on Paul Pogba, and his attempts to leave Manchester United, Lukaku actually returned to pre-season training ahead of schedule and has travelled on the clubs pre-season tour to Australia with little fanfare.

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When asked about a potential move for the former Chelsea and Everton striker, Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta urged patience.

“The transfer market is a work in progress. We are working hard to get the best squad possible for the new season,” said Marotta, as per the MEN.

“We are ambitious and want the best team possible. We also must find ways to respect all financial perimeters too. We cannot rush things because that can lead to mistakes. We have clear ideas but we need to be patient. We have important goals and transfer targets in mind.”

Marotta also made the unusual step of publically declaring that Mauro Icardi and midfielder Radja Nainggolan are ‘on the market’.

“Nainggolan and Icardi? We need clarity and transparency. They’re great players and talent, but it’s not enough. They are not part of our project, I say this with transparency and respect. Icardi is on the market. But we respect the contractual agreements.”

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