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Inter Milan sign Lukaku for $90 million

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Romelu Lukaku has sealed his move to Inter Milan.

The Belgian striker, 26, arrived in Milan on transfer Deadline Day and has completed his $90 million switch from Manchester United to Inter.

Lukaku didn’t feature at all during Man United’s preseason and has been training with his former club Anderlecht in Belgium over the past few days, as his relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has completely broken down.

In the end, this move works out well for everyone. There are no losers here.

United get back the majority of the transfer fee they paid Everton for Lukaku in the summer of 2017. Antonio Conte and Inter get a star striker to build their attack around. And Lukaku lands at a club which adores him.

Despite scoring 42 goals in 96 appearances in all competitions for United over the last two seasons, Lukaku has often been lambasted by United’s fans for his hold-up play and he lost his place in the starting lineup under Solskjaer.

With Marcus Rashford set to be the main for United up top this season, plus the likes of Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard preferred and Mason Greenwood breaking through, Lukaku was the odd man out.

At the San Siro he will spearhead Inter’s Serie A title challenge, while Conte’s side are in the Champions League once again and they have huge aspirations of making a splash this season.

No matter what you think about Lukaku as a player, he has scored goals wherever he has gone. That is why the former Chelsea and Everton striker has been sold for close to $90 million.

Lukaku, Rojo on way out; Mandzukic update

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Manchester United are still looking to shuffle their pack in the final hours of the window.

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After a $87 million fee was agreed with Inter Milan for Romelu Lukaku to leave Old Trafford, Sky Sports are reporting that the Red Devils are in talks with Everton to sell Marcos Rojo.

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When it comes to Lukaku, he is in Milan for a medical ahead of finalizing the deal as the Belgian striker has wanted to leave United all summer and finally the two clubs have agreed a deal. The 26-year-old will be integral to Antonio Conte‘s new-look attack at Inter and even though he was lambasted by many United fans, he did score 42 goals in 96 appearances over two seasons for United.

As for Rojo, the Argentine defender, 29, only signed a new contract in March 2018. But with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones also signing new deals at the end of last season, plus Harry Maguire arriving for a world-record fee of $103 million earlier this week and Victor Lindelof a mainstay in defense, it is safe to say Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has too many center backs in his squad.

At the other end of the pitch, United were said to be pushing to bring in Mario Mandzukic from Juventus.

The veteran striker, 34, has been a star at Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and now Juve, but the Croatian forward was linked as part of the possible swap deal with Lukaku joining Juve. With Lukaku now heading to Inter, United have gone back to Juve and are keen to add another player to their attacking unit.

One of the latest updates is that Mandzukic may end up staying at Juve as a deal has been revived too late in the window.

Right now they have Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial who can play as central strikers, so having a more experienced head in attack a la Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be very beneficial for these young United forwards to learn from.

Reports: Man Utd to buy $99M Williams as Lukaku leaves

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Antonio Conte is getting his man, and that man is going to cost him a lot of money.

Now how will Manchester United react?

Romelu Lukaku will go to Inter Milan for around $94 million, according to Sky Sports, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Marcus Rashford and not much else at center forward.

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While Lukaku struggled last season, at least according to his usual playmaking standards, his 12 goals are still more than Rashford has recorded in a PL season.

Rashford recorded 10 goals and 7 assists in just over 2,300 minutes last season, while Lukaku had 12 and 1 in a bit more than 2,100.

A Sunday Express report says that Ed Woodward will respond by pulling the trigger on a near $99 million deal for Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams, who is Lukaku’s junior by 13 months.

Williams, 25, scored 13 times with four assists in La Liga play last season, including three against Atletico Madrid and two against Sevilla (though he was pretty streaky).

He’s also played just under half of his career matches at right wing, and he’s been plenty productive in the assist department when away from center forward.

Man Utd to fine Lukaku for missing training without permission

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Manchester United will fine Romelu Lukaku for missing training without permission as he makes one last push for a move away from Old Trafford before the end of the summer transfer window.

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Juventus and Inter Milan have spent much of the summer pursuing Lukaku, but neither has been in successful in having a bid accept by Man United. The closest either side came was Inter’s bid of $67 million in July.

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Now, Lukaku appears to have taken a more extreme approach in a final attempt to force United’s hand in the matter. Lukaku has trained with one of his former clubs, Belgian side Anderlecht, the past two days. Lukaku did not feature in any of United’s preseason friendlies due to injury.

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The transfer window will remain open in Italy until Sept. 2 which leaves more than enough time for either one of Juve or Inter to complete a deal, but due to the fact that England’s window closes at 12 pm ET on Thursday, United would find it far less likely to let him leave now enough necessary time to sign a replacement.

Sensational Lukaku-Dybala swap set for Man United, Juve

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Well, wow.

Manchester United and Juventus have agreed a monumental swap deal in principle which will see Paulo Dybala swap Turin for Manchester, with Romelu Lukaku going the other way.

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Sky Sports says the last remaining obstacle is getting Dybala on board with a switch to Old Trafford, trading the UEFA Champions League for the Europa League.

Dybala would play under Marcus Rashford and between Anthony Martial and whoever United plays at right wing (or even play right wing himself).

Lukaku would provide the big target forward atop Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-roaming position in Maurizio Sarri‘s system.

It makes an awful lot of sense for both sides, even if Lukaku still could be a productive player in United’s XI.

The move would reunite Dybala and Paul Pogba, essentially putting an end to rumors of the latter’s exit from Old Trafford.