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Romelu Lukaku's future is completely up in the air as Manchester United try and recoup £80m for the Belgian striker amid interest from Inter Milan

Conte tried to sign Lukaku when Chelsea manager but lost out to UnitedItalian boss favours a muscular centre forward unlike Ole Gunnar Solskjaer It's still far from clear where Romelu Lukaku will be playing next seasonManchester United are open to selling the Belgian striker but want £80mInter Milan are leading the chase and Lukaku could link up with Antonio Conte

Romelu Lukaku's immediate future is one of uncertainty and the striker does not have a clear idea where he will be turning up for pre-season training next month.

There is an element of every club waiting for another to kick into action so their own transfer window can truly start and the situation surrounding Lukaku is no different.

Manchester United are open to selling the 26-year-old but are not absolutely desperate if no suitable bids are forthcoming.

Romelu Lukaku's future is completely up in the air as Manchester United try and recoup £80m for the Belgian striker amid interest from Inter Milan

It remains far from clear where Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku will be playing next season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is revamping the United squad and may not have room for Lukaku

Ed Woodward would want to recoup up to £80million having shelled out an initial £75m when purchasing him from Everton two years ago.

That figure is actually significantly closer to £90m after a number of additional clauses were quickly triggered and the desire to retrieve a similar figure will doubtless lengthen negotiations with any interested party.

Inter Milan are keen and Lukaku relishes the thought of linking up with new manager Antonio Conte, who fought so hard to beat United to his signature while at Chelsea.

Indeed, Lukaku was actually more enthused by the prospect of Chelsea with Conte before United struck a deal with Mino Raiola in 2017. Lukaku recently left Raiola, now represented by Federico Pastorello.

Conte likes a big physical striker leading his line in a way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer simply does not. Fernando Llorente occupied the role at Juventus, Diego Costa at Chelsea too (even allowing for a personality clash).

Lukaku scored 15 times for United during an often difficult 2018-19 season

New Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte is keen on bringing Lukaku to the San Siro

The Italy national team were always powerful up top during Conte's reign. Lukaku offers that authority and goals to boot.

His tally at Old Trafford is impressive, Lukaku scoring 42 goals in 77 starts in all competitions. Twenty-eight of those have come in the Premier League but, in a sense, he has never really fitted in.

United have not managed to get forwards in and around him fast enough, while his first touch and hold-up play have been questioned.

So too his weight, with many observers claiming earlier in the campaign that Lukaku had bulked up to such an extent that it affected his game.

He looked to trim, reducing the number of repetitions in the gym but retaining the weight of what he lifted. There was more swimming, rowing, time on the bike.

Yet Solskjaer preferred Marcus Rashford for much of the first six months of his time in charge and that will continue next season should Lukaku stick around in the North West.

Solskjaer favoured the pace of Marcus Rashford ahead of Lukaku's muscle last season

United have identified Sebastien Haller of Eintracht Frankfurt as a potential Plan B

'As long as the manager wants to use me I will do my best to help the team out,' he said in February.

Reaching his prime years, the Belgium international is unlikely to be content playing second fiddle for much longer.

It is why United have identified Frankfurt's Sebastien Haller as a potential replacement if he were to go, someone viewed as more of an impact striker and possible Plan B.

This summer could bring a natural end to Lukaku's time at United, somewhere he has never truly thrived despite the odd purple patch.

After eight years in England, there is an ambition on his part to try new leagues, to conquer different countries in a way many managers now view their careers.

Whether that happens will rely on Inter – or another – stumping up the requisite cash and other aspects falling into place.


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