That’s according to journalist Gabriele Marcotti, who can’t work out how Inter will be able to afford the Belgian’s reported £70m transfer fee and excessive wages.
Lukaku looks to be on his way out of United amid serious interest from new Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte.
And the player all but confirmed he will be moving to the San Siro by telling Mediaset: “Good that Conte went to Inter, for me, he is the best coach in the world. As for my future, I have already made a decision that I still cannot communicate publicly out of respect for Manchester United with whom I have a contract.
“I am a big Serie A fan, those close to me know that I have always wanted to play in the English league and in the Italian one, I love Italy. And then Cristiano Ronaldo arrived, Sarri will go to Juventus, Ancelotti is at Napoli, it will be an exciting Serie A. The club and my agent will talk about it but I have already made my decision.”
“As far as I understand, there’s still an issue – you need to reach an agreement with Manchester United”
Marcotti, though, thinks Lukaku needs to convince United to lower his price.
“It’s certainly difficult when you have a guy coming out and speaking so emphatically,” he told ESPN FC.
“But as far as I understand, there’s still an issue – you need to reach an agreement with Manchester United.
“If you’re United, you need to put a valuation on him bearing in mind you will need to go and sign another striker because otherwise you’ll only have Marcus Rashford left.”
Marcotti’s transfer update comes as:
He continued: “They’re talking £70m, I’m not sure how Inter can do that unless they get some serious money back for Mauro Icardi. That’s not entirely clear to me that they will.
“They’re also going after Edin Dzeko which will be more of a short-term solution.
“There’s also the issue of Lukaku’s wages, which make him the highest-paid player on the team by some margin.
“The old standby of ‘just give them [Ivan] Perisic and part-exchange.’ I’m not sure that’s gonna work anymore.
“So I think this is a lot more complex.
“I think this is a case of Lukaku and his people coming out and saying ‘look United, we have a deal in place. There’s a place for me to go. Just let me go.’
“But be reasonable about the money you get back, because you know you’re gonna wanna go and sign somebody else.”