Antonio Conte is desperate to bring Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter, but it’s becoming more and more difficult by the day.
Lukaku is at the top of Conte’s wish list, but Juventus have also shown interest, which is only serving to push his price up even more.
Inter are planning to show Mauro Icardi and Radja Nainggolan the door this summer, and will need a replacement for Icardi in particular.
They have both been left out of tactical drills and their pre-season friendly against Lugano this week, according to Corriere dello Sport, having been deemed surplus to requirements.
Conte wanted both Lukaku and Edin Dzeko signed by now, but both appear to be a long way off. United even turned down both Icardi and Nainggolan in part-exchange deals for the Belgian striker.
Similarly, their rivals Juventus are looking to offload Mario Mandzukic this summer, and Borussia Dortmund have put in a €15million bid for him.
Their other striker Gonzalo Higuain is also close to an exit, thought to be going to Roma for cash in addition to midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.
So, Juventus are looking for a strong player up front who Cristiano Ronaldo and Douglas Costa can play off, and Lukaku fits that bill.
New Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri and sporting director Fabio Paratici have both recently talked about the possibility of a Lukaku transfer, and they’re also after Manchester City’s Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus.
Agent Mino Raiola is also keen to secure Lukaku’s move to Turin, having just brokered the big money deal for Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax.
United want €80million for the Belgian, however Juventus aren’t willing to pay that much. However, it appears Juventus are willing to match any bid made by Inter. Sky reported that Inter have initially offered €70million.
Juve are thought to be offering him €7.5million per year for five years, money they can use if they are able to offload Sami Khedira. Meanwhile, Inter wouldn’t be offering more than €6million.
All of this is making it very tricky for Antonio Conte to get his man, and we know how Conte gets when he does not get his way.