Manchester United have turned down an offer from Inter Milan for their underperforming striker Romelu Lukaku, who mistakenly turned up to start last season about a stone and a half overweight.
Lukaku, who lost the ability to run and shoot, exacerbated his weaknesses of not being able to pass or control the ball, instead of improving during his second season at Old Trafford instead became absolutely appalling and in the summer declared that he had made his decision about leaving the club.
He has reportedly agreed £180,000-a-week wages to join Inter, whose new manager Antonio Conte wanted to bring him to Chelsea when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge. The problem in completing the transfer is that United want to recoup most or all of the £75 million they paid for Lukaku, and Inter are unable to finance the deal at the moment, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The Italian club are looking into selling their striker Mauro Icardi after he fell out with the club and its fans, but they have so far been unable to do so. Instead, they offered United a deal of £9 million for a loan period of two years, while including an obligation to buy the Belgian wastrel for £54 million in 2021.
United have rejected that deal because they would like to raise funds sooner, either to buy a replacement for Lukaku this summer, or because they would like to pocket the cash for the Glazer owners sooner. If United start the season with Lukaku up front then we might as well all give up. Cheers.