Romelu Lukaku is about to join Internazionale after Manchester United accepted the Italian club’s latest offer of £73.9m including bonuses for the striker.
United and Inter finally reached an agreement on the 7th of August after weeks of stretched out talks. Inter have agreed to pay an initial £64.7m with a further £9.2m payable in bonuses as one of the summer’s most drawn out transfer sagas finally reaches a conclusion.
The ex-England midfielder, Lee Sharpe, who played for Man United for 8 seasons, had already hinted the Belgian international might be leaving this summer. In his opinion, United would have to change it’s tactics or it should cash in this summer.
When Ole Gunnar Solskjær signed a three-year contract as permanent manager in March 2019, it became clear the Norwegian was not going to change his tactics and build a team around Big Rom. The new United manager prefers seeing English international Rashford playing in the central attacking position.
Being second choice, Lukaku was desperate to join Inter where he will be reunited with a manager who does believe in his skills: Antonio Conte. The Italian manager already tried to sign Lukaku from Everton in 2016 when manager at Chelsea but Mourinho succeeded in convincing the striker to make the United switch instead.
Finally, Conte has managed in getting his beloved striker and is delighted to finally have his man. Lukaku has agreed to a five-year deal with Inter worth around £300,000 a week. Though many analysts wonder if the Belgian international is the type of striker who can succeed in the Serie A. The 26-year old is often criticized for his poor first touch, something that could be detrimental in a league like Serie A.
Former Inter striker Zamorano went on the record saying he believes Lukaku will succeed in Serie A. Zamorano told Tuttosport: “He would be very successful in Italy because he has strength, power, quality and a knack of scoring lots of goals. For Inter he would be a great signing.” Lukaku will certainly out to prove himself after being pushed out at Man United and has made clear it would be a dream for him to one day play in the Serie A. Will his dream come true or turn out to be a nightmare? Time will tell!