It has to be said but sometimes transfer windows throw up stories that seem to drag on forever. The story of Manchester United and Belgium international Romelu Lukaku leaving the Red Devils could be one of those.
A two-year loan move?
At the moment, the strikers most likely destination seems to be Italian giants Inter. In fact, the Nerazzurri are now odds of 1/7 to be Lukaku’s next club.
Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello was in Milan on Tuesday holding talks with the Nerazzurri in an attempt to thrash out a deal.
When asked by Sky Sports if he was holding talks with the Italian club about the forward, he said “Yes, he’s publicly expressed his plans and desires. We’ll see what happens.
“Lukaku is a dream, a difficult one to make happen as such, but I believe nothing is impossible. It’s not impossible and Inter is trying hard.”
Sky Sports are reporting that Inter are set to launch a loan bid of £9million to take the striker on loan for two seasons, with an obligation to buy for a further £52million at the end of the deal.
However, other publications are claiming the Italian club are set to launch a £65million permanent move for the striker. It is hard to know what to believe with the media sometimes.
I very much doubt that the Red Devils will be willing to loan the forward out for two seasons when they need fund to strengthen their squad this summer. Lukaku out on loan for two seasons means his capital is tied up for that length of time.
It is also unclear if United would still be paying some of his not insubstantial wages during the mooted loan spell.
A move could kick-start Lukaku’s career
The noises coming out of the Lukaku camp seem to point to the forward liking the idea of the move. One of the main attractions for the move seems to be the presence of former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
The forward seems to be at a crossroads in his career. The move to United has not really worked out after a very successful five-year spell at their north west rivals Everton. He has just not lived up to expectations and the fans have quickly jumped on his back.
His physical condition seemed to be the main concern of some United fans. Last season he looked overweight and struggled to find his goalscoring form for the Red Devils.
Although Lukaku’s career is not in crisis after one bad season, there is a feeling that he needs something to change to kick-start his career. Maybe a move to a new country and club will renew his motivation.
Next move needs to be right
It now seems certain that Lukaku is not going to make it Manchester United. I believe just about everybody has accepted that fact, including the player himself. It must be hard to accept for a player with the size of Lukaku’s ego.
However, he just has to brush himself off and attempt to be successful at his next club. At 26-years-old he still has plenty of football left in him. Maybe a move this summer will help him regain the hunger for the game he seemed to have at Everton.
Lukaku seemed slightly complacent at United, like just because he had made a big money move that he did not need to try anymore. The opposite was true, as he had to try and perform at an even higher level.
Whether Lukaku ends up at Inter or not this summer, one this is for sure, the striker needs to improve or he could end up never fulfilling his supposed potential.
Would a move to Inter revive Romelu Lukaku’s fortunes?
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