Inter End Lukaku Pursuit After Failing to Meet Manchester United’s Valuation

?Romelu Lukaku has been eyeing the exit door at Manchester United all summer, but a move away from Old Trafford now looks to be off.

Inter have been the main club linked with a move for the forward, as United look to offload the player they paid Everton £75m for in 2017.

Romelu Lukaku

But now the ?Serie A club’s pursuit of ?Lukaku looks to be over as they have failed to make an offer which is deemed suitable by the Manchester club, as reported by the ?Evening Standard.

They reveal that the two clubs met for talks this week, but were unable to come to any agreement over a price to be paid for the striker’s services.

The Belgian has cut an increasingly frustrated figure at Old Trafford in recent months and a pathway out of the club looked to be on the cards.

Romelu Lukaku,Phil Jones

?Inter were looking for more creative ways to finance the transfer with either a player exchange or an initial loan with an obligation to buy as their two preferred options. However, Ed Woodward has made it clear that any offer besides cash up front would be batted away immediately. 

The ?Red Devils are looking to recoup the full £75m they paid for Lukaku, despite two disappointing seasons in Manchester where he has struggled to maintain a consistent run of form.

The 2018/19 campaign saw Lukaku bag just 12 goals in 32 ?Premier League appearances and as a result he lost his place in the first team, with ?Marcus Rashford becoming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred striking option.

Ed Woodward

The Italian club’s sporting director Piero Ausilio is believed to have returned from talks in London without an official asking price, but had the impression that United wanted to make a profit on the second most expensive signing in their history.


Mauro Icardi Leaves Inter Training Camp as Speculation Over San Siro Exit Intensifies

?Mauro Icardi’s time at Inter appears all but over after the striker left the team’s pre-season training camp in Lugano, with Napoli and Juventus both linked with a move.

The 26-year-old joined the Nerazzurri in 2013 from fellow Italian outfit Sampdoria in a €6.5m deal, going on to collect 124 goals in 219 appearances for the Serie A giants. However, he was stripped of the club captaincy in February following criticism from his wife of the Inter squad and management, Icardi refusing to play for nearly two months thereafter.

Mauro Icardi

The Argentine has seemed likely to leave the side ever since that incident, though he did return for the run-in as they secured a place in next season’s ?Champions League group stages.

It is highly doubtful whether Icardi will be around to partake in their European adventure, with the ?Nerazzurri’s official ?Twitter account releasing a ?statement on Saturday explaining that the forward would not remain with his teammates in Switzerland as they prepare for the upcoming campaign.

The message read: “[Mauro Icardi] will today return to Milan from our training camp in Lugano. The club and the striker have come to this decision by mutual agreement. Icardi will continue his pre-season training over the next few days and will take no part in our Summer Tour in Asia.”

Naples has been suggested as a possible destination for the former skipper, but ?Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis has ?rubbished speculation that they will offer Lorenzo Insigne as part of a swap deal.

Lorenzo Insigne

?Juve are also rumoured to be in for Icardi, whilst ?Atletico Madrid were reportedly in the running, although the latter’s interest will have cooled after the £113m purchase of Joao Felix from Benfica.


Inter Confirm Signing of Nicolò Barella on Loan Deal With Obligation to Buy

Inter have confirmed the signing of highly-rated Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella on an initial season-long loan deal, with an obligation to buy.

The 22-year-old is one of European football’s brightest prospects, and how has been touted with a move to a bigger club for a number of months – after a string of impressive performances in Serie A.

Rumour and gossip has seen him linked with a €45m move to Inter for number of months, and the Nerazzurri have now confirmed a deal is done, releasing a statement on their official website.

It read: ?”Nicolò Barella is officially an Inter player. The Italian midfielder has joined the Club from Cagliari Calcio on an initial year-long loan deal, with there being an obligation to buy at the end of that period. Barella has put pen to paper on a five-year contract.

“Football was and is in his destiny. It was an aptitude he developed at the football school ‘Gigi Riva’ in Cagliari. We all know what that name means in Cagliari. Former Inter player Gianfranco Matteoli immediately noticed that Nicolò stood out. 

“Because of his character, his liveliness. Because of the choices he made out on the pitch. These are characteristics that he has developed over the years, with his character always being something he’s kept faith in. Nicolò has never changed his ways. He’s not shy on the pitch, he’s not afraid.

Nicolo Barella

“He’s determined and ambitious, and now he’s beginning a new adventure with Inter. The whole of the Nerazzurri family wishes him the best of luck. #WelcomeNicolò.”

Barella made 105 appearances for Cagliari during his five years with the senior team, also spending time out on loan at Como. He has represented Italy at every youth level, progressing through to the senior team last year. He now has seven caps for Gli Azzurri, and a couple of goals to his name.


Lautaro Martinez’s Agent Admits ‘Talk of Barcelona Interest Is True’ Despite Antoine Griezmann Saga

The agent of Inter striker Lautaro Martinez has admitted that the talk surrounding Barcelona’s interest in his client is in fact ‘true’. 

Martinez, who starred for Argentina at this summer’s Copa America after being picked ahead of his Nerazzurri teammate Mauro Icardi, has been in Italy since leaving Racing Club in the summer of 2018 for a fee in the region of €22.7m.

Lautaro Martinez

However, recent reports have linked him with another move this summer, this time to Barcelona, with the Italians apparently looking for a fee in the region of €112m.

And, speaking about the speculation surrounding Martinez, Alberto Yaque, the player’s agent, as quoted by Goal, told Ole: “Talk of Barcelona’s interest is true.”

“No-one’s called us, but we know that they’ve been looking at him strongly. It’s true that Barcelona like him.”

However, since Yaque made that statement, La Blaugrana have finally ?completed the €120m move for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, after triggering his release clause on Friday afternoon. 

And, though this might deter them from going in for Martinez, the Spanish champions are unlikely to stop spending there, and, with Inter’s continued pursuit of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, there still may be room for a switch to be negotiated. 

Of course, it also may be the case that the Argentine’s agent is simply angling for an improved contract for his client in Milan – he wouldn’t be the first and he won’t be the last. 

Atletico have refused to give in over Griezmann’s move, ?claiming they are entitled to a payment of €200m – his previous release clause – because the two parties had actually agreed on a deal before the release clause lowered to €120m at the start of July.

In an official statement, they explained: “Atletico Madrid believes that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet his release clause, since it is obvious that the commitment of the player and Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from €200m to €120m.

“It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified that Griezmann, on May 14 announced his imminent departure from the club.

“Atletico Madrid believes that the termination of his contract occurred before the end of last season due to events, acts and demonstrations carried out by the player and that is why the club have already started the appropriate procedures for the defence of their rights and interests.”