Inter Milan have reportedly made their first move in their bid to sign Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United.
Lukaku has been linked with an Old Trafford exit this summer, with the big burly Belgian’s style of play seemingly at odds with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ideology of quick and dynamic play.
Since Solksjaer infamously took the wheel at Manchester United, Lukaku has started just 15 of the Norwegian’s 29 games in charge, and has often seen himself shunted out onto the right wing, with Marcus Rashford being preferred through the middle.
Now, according to respected Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri, the Nerazzurri have now made their opening offer for the former Everton striker, €30 million with Ivan Perisic being allowed to move in the opposite direction.
BOOM! Manchester United received a bid from for Lukaku made of 30m€+Perisic, so basically approx 65m€ evaluation
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) May 23, 2019
Manchester United are known to be keen on adding a wide player to their ranks, and were heavily interested in signing Perisic from Inter in the summer of 2017, only for the Red Devils to refuse to meet their £48 million valuation for the then 28-year-old.
However, Inter now seem willing to let the Croatian go, although whether United are still interested is yet to be seen, with Jose Mourinho being the man who was keen on signing him.
Solskjaer is thought to be keen on signing players with a much younger profile, with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Daniel James, Ruben Neres and Nicolas Pepe having been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Inter Milan are expected to appoint former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as their new manager in the coming days, with Conte having been interested in signing Lukaku during his first summer at Stamford Bridge, only for United to blow the Blues out of the water with a £75m deal.
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— Football Faithful (@FootyFaithful_) May 23, 2019