Serie A giants ready to launch £60m bid for 26-year-old Man United star

Inter Milan will press on in their attempts to sign Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United by submitting a £60m plus add-ons offer this week.

The Serie A side had hoped to secure Lukaku on an initial two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy for £63m staggered across three separate payments.

However, United who bought Lukaku from Everton for £75m in 2017, are only interested in offloading the 26-year-old on a permanent basis which has forced Inter into a rethink.

According to Sky Sports, Inter will make a new proposal for the Belgium international for a permanent transfer in excess of £60m, although they still want the payments to be structured over two or three years.

The English transfer window will shut in just over three weeks time on Thursday 8 August and Inter are mindful that United would probably want to replace Lukaku if he were to be sold.

Inter are pushing hard to sign Lukaku as he is new manager Antonio Conte’s top transfer target with former captain Mauro Icardi deemed surplus to requirements under the new regime.

Icardi, who was stripped of the captaincy in February, was sent home from Inter’s pre-season training camp in Lugano, Switzerland and informed that he would not be taken on tour to Asia.

Conte was desperate to sign Lukaku during his time as Chelsea manager and was left incensed at the club’s failure to buy him with Manchester United securing his signature instead.

Lukaku is currently with his United teammates in Australia although he did not feature at all during their 2-0 win over Perth Glory on Saturday with the club saying he had been ‘rested’.

He has made no secret of his interest in a potential move to Inter, stating that he wants to play in Italy and calling Conte the best manager in the world since the end of last season.