Manchester United set Inter Milan a deadline to complete Romelu Lukaku deal

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The Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan transfer saga is set to come to an end next week as Manchester United set a deadline for the deal to be done.

The Serie A side have been trying to complete the signing of the Belgian striker all summer, but have failed to meet United’s valuation of the player.

Inter have come up with a bid of £54m for the 26-year-old but the Red Devils rejected it, holding out for at least the £75m they paid Everton for Lukaku in 2017.

With the Italian side dragging their feet in negotiations, United are losing patience and do not want to let Lukaku go without time to sign a replacement before the transfer window closes on 8 August.

The Mirror reported on Tuesday night that United had set a deadline of seven days for the transfer to be completed, effectively giving Inter until the end of July to come up with the cash.

If Antonio Conte’s side cannot produce a suitable offer then Lukaku is likely to stay at Old Trafford for the forthcoming season as no other clubs have shown an interest in his services.

Conte is thought to be furious that negotiations have taken so long and that there is a prospect a deal won’t be done, as he was promised the signing of Lukaku when he took the job this summer.

‘He is a United player and for this reason we must show great respect for the club, for the player and also for my own players,’ said the Inter boss. ‘Lukaku is a player that I like because I consider him a player that could improve our team.

‘One one side is my will and my hope. On the other side we will see what we find with the club.’

Whether Inter can come up with the funds may depend on them selling Mauro Icardi, which is proving difficult.

Juventus had been interested in the Argentine striker, but appear to have lost that interest, while Icardi reportedly turned down an approach from Arsenal. 

United have been offered Icardi as part of the deal to take Lukaku in the opposite direction, but the Red Devils are not interested.

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