Romelu Lukaku has moved a step closer to leaving Manchester United for Italy after describing Inter Milan’s new coach Antonio Conte as ‘the best manager in the world’.
Lukaku has made it clear that he would welcome a move to Italy two years after joining United for £75million and rejecting the chance to play for Conte at Chelsea.
United are prepared to listen to offers for the Belgium international but want to recoup the transfer fee they paid Everton in the summer of 2017.
Inter value the 26-year-old striker closer to £50m and would prefer to include players as part of the deal, although that proposal is understood to have been rejected by United.
The Italian club are now expected to make a formal offer for Lukaku after he heaped praise on Conte – although they face competition from Juventus where current Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri could join Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin next season and, possibly, Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli.
‘I was always a big fan of the Italian league,’ said Lukaku after scoring twice in Belgium’s Euro 2020 qualifying win over Scotland.