Antonio Conte has confirmed that no contact has been made between Inter Milan and Romelu Lukaku this summer amid rumours of a potential move to the San Siro.
The Belgian, who has spoken fondly of Serie A in recent weeks, could be surplus to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s requirements after failing to impress him since December.
Reports have suggested that Manchester United would be willing to let Lukaku leave if potential suitors lodge a bid worth around £80m.
But according to Conte, who was announced as Inter boss on Friday, no contact as of yet has been made with Lukaku.
“Have Inter met with Lukaku? No, that’s not right, but in this moment there is a sporting director to talk about this and do this question about the transfer market, about the players,” he said.
“But I repeat: Now we are very focused to do the first step and to work together.”
The BBC‘s Simon Stone recently confirmed the widely reported claim that Conte admires Lukaku deeply, with the Italian trying and failing to sign the striker in 2017.
The view has been Conte would want Lukaku (as he did at Chelsea) when he returned to management. View at Inter is that Lukaku more realistic financially for them than Sanchez. As Lukaku kept being left out, I assume OGS would be open to sale BUT sums need to work.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) May 31, 2019
Solskjaer would have to receive guarantees of a new striker coming in should Lukaku depart. In principle, the move makes sense, but whether both parties can get the numbers to work remains to be seen.