Inter sign Lukaku from Man United for €80m
Inter Milan have signed Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United for €80 million, bringing an end to their pursuit of the forward, which has lasted the majority of the summer.
Antonio Conte had targeted the Belgium international almost immediately after being appointed as Inter manager and, after a difficult negotiation, the two clubs were able to agree on a deal. Lukaku inked a contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024.
"Inter were the only club I wanted, because Inter is Not For Everyone. I'm here to bring the Nerazzurri back to the top," Lukaku said in a release by the club.
Lukaku, 26, had appeared close to joining Juventus with the Bianconeri agreeing a swap deal which would have seen Paulo Dybala join United.
However, the deal failed to materialise as United pulled out of talks with Dybala due to concerns over the Argentina international's desire to move to Old Trafford.
Following the breakdown in negotiations, Lukaku trained with Anderlecht in Belgium, which led to a fine from United.
Lukaku was a target for Conte's Chelsea in 2017, but he joined United from Everton for an initial £75m rising to £90m instead.
He was the first-choice forward under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, but he lost his starting place to Marcus Rashford once the Portuguese manager was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.