Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has expressed his admiration for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, admitting that he would make a ‘good improvement’ to his side.
The Serie A giants have been heavily linked with the Belgium international this summer, but are yet to meet United’s valuation of the player, who cost them a whopping £75m to sign from Everton just two years ago.
The 26-year-old will play no part as the two sides go head-to-head in the International Champions Cup in Singapore on Saturday.
“You know I like this player,” Conte told reporters. “In the past when I was Chelsea’s coach [from 2016 to 2018] I tried to bring him to Chelsea.
“As I said before, I like this player and consider him an important player for us to have a good improvement but at the same there is a transfer market.
“We know very well what our situation is at the moment and we will see what happens, but for now Lukaku is a United player.”
Inter’s move for Lukaku is thought to hinge on whether Mauro Icardi leaves the club in the close season, with the controversial striker not part of the Inter squad for the summer tour of Asia.
When asked about the Argentine striker, Conte replied: “The situation is very clear, the club was very clear that Icardi is out of Inter’s project. This is the reality.”
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Lukaku played no part in United’s two pre-season games in Australia and Red Devils boss Solskjaer, who says there is ‘no update’ on the striker’s future, says he will remain absent.
“He’s not fit. He won’t be available,” Solskjaer confirmed.