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Manchester United set Inter Milan a deadline over Romelu Lukaku deal

Manchester United have given Inter Milan a deadline to secure a deal for Romelu Lukaku.

The Italian giants are desperate to secure a deal for Lukaku this summer but have so far failed to meet United’s valuation, having seen two bids rejected for the 26-year-old.

Lukaku is keen on a move to the San Siro after falling behind Marcus Rashford in the pecking order at Old Trafford, however the club want to recoup the £75m they paid to sign the Belgian from Everton in 2017.

Inter’s opening offer was a two-year loan deal with obligation to buy, with the £63m fee being paid in instalments over three summer transfer windows. The Serie A side also saw a second bid rejected, reported to be around £54m, with Manchester United failing to budge from their asking price.

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Inter are struggling to raise the funds as they bid to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, having struggled to offload unwanted Argentine Mauro Icardi.

United are now reported to be running out of patience with Inter to match their valuation, and according to the Mirror, have given Antonio Conte’s side seven days to agree a deal.

United are unwilling to sanction the sale of a senior player without able time to find a suitable replacement, with the English transfer window set to close on August 8.

Should Lukaku depart, Lille star Nicolas Pepe is said to be amongst the players being considered as a replacement. The Ivory Coast international scored 22 league goals for the French side last season and has been strongly tipped to leave this summer.

Pepe, who can play across the forward line, has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Bayern Munich, with the 24-year-old valued at around £70m.

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