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Inter Milan chief confirms still no agreement for Lukaku as Juventus become favourites

Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta has confirmed the club are still interested in Romelu Lukaku, but says no agreement has yet been reached for the Manchester United forward.

The Italian giants have made Lukaku their number one transfer target as new manager Antonio Conte looks to strengthen his attacking options, with the club seeing an opening bid rejected by United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are believed to want to recoup the £75m fee they paid to sign Lukaku from Everton in 2017, a valuation Inter have so far been unable to match.

Marotta insists the club are still working to secure an agreement for the Manchester United forward, despite the lack of progress in the deal.

“We made an important bid to Man United for Lukaku but Man United ask so much for Romelu,” Marotta told Sky Sports Italy.

“We didn’t find an agreement but we’re still working for Lukaku. I don’t know what will happen on next days, football is so strange…”

Meanwhile, Serie A rivals have now emerged as serious contenders for Lukaku’s signature, which could end Inter’s hopes of securing a deal for the Belgian international.

According to Di Marzio, the Italian champions have proposed a swap-deal involving Argentine forward Paulo Dybala, which could prove of interest to United.

Whether Dybala is willing to leave Turin for Old Trafford remains to be seen, though the 25-year-old could be tempted by a new challenge having become a peripheral figure last season following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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