Man Utd re­ject In­ter’s bid

Fiji Sun - - Sport - London: – BBC Sport

Manch­ester United have re­jected a 60mil­lion euro (FJ$142m) bid from In­ter Mi­lan for striker Romelu Lukaku.

The bid falls well below United’s val­u­a­tion of the 26-year-old Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional, who joined them from Ever­ton two years ago for £75m (FJ$198m). Lukaku sat out Satur­day’s pre­sea­son vic­tory over In­ter, whose man­ager An­to­nio Conte re­it­er­ated that the striker re­mains his num­ber one target.

“I con­sider him a player who could im­prove our team,” the In­ter boss said.

“On one side it is my hope and my will, on my other side we will see what we find with the club.

“It’s not right to speak about the player in this mo­ment be­cause he is a Manch­ester United player and for this rea­son we must show great re­spect for the club and at the same time for the player and for my play­ers.” On Fri­day, Conte ad­mit­ted he had tried to sign Lukaku while man­ager at Chelsea [from 2016 to 2018]. “You know I like this player,” he added.

In­ter’s move for the Bel­gian is thought to hinge on the fu­ture of Mauro Icardi, who has not trav­elled on the club’s pre-sea­son tour of Asia amid re­ports he is to leave. When asked about the Ar­gentina striker, Conte replied: “The club was very clear that Icardi is out of In­ter’s pro­ject. This is the re­al­ity.”


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