Romelu Lukaku offer ‘fair and important’, insists frustrated Inter chief Giuseppe Marotta

The Nerazzurri chief has confirmed his club made what he considers a reasonable offer for the Red Devils frontman

Inter’s offer for Romelu Lukaku was “fair and important,” and they will not be forced into overpaying for the Manchester United striker, according to the Serie A side’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta.

Lukaku has looked destined for the Old Trafford exit for much of the close season, with the striker’s style of play seemingly not appealing to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Belgium international lost his place in the United team to Marcus Rashford last term after Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December, leading to significant transfer speculation.

Antonio Conte has made no secret of his desire to land the former Everton star – who has not been involved in United’s pre-season matches due to injury – and Marotta confirmed on Monday that a bid has been made.

But following rumours of United rejecting the offer and demanding £80million (€88m), Inter appear unprepared to pay huge sums.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Marotta said: “These days it has been clear that the demands for players [from clubs] are really high in some cases, as for Lukaku.

“We have made an offer [that was] fair and important, respecting the soccer professional’s value. We will monitor the situation, but I don’t feel I want to lose balance.

“The transfer window has been long this year. Operations are not rushed, as they have been in past years.

“We are careful to assess opportunities based on financial and economic capacities. We must, however, respect the parameters of Financial Fair Play.

“But we must seize opportunities. We are confident.”

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Lukaku scored 15 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions for United last term, notching 12 in 32 games in the Premier League.

Inter have also set their sights on Roma centre-forward Edin Dzeko, with Conte keen to add to his striking options as he looks to set the Nerazzurri up in a 3-5-2 formation with two central strikers.

At present, with Mauro Icardi in the wilderness after his well-publicised falling-out with the club last season, 21-year-old Lautaro Martinez has been the only senior, natural centre-forward that appears to be in Conte’s plans, with the Italian resorting to using winger Ivan Perisic up front in pre-season.



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