Conte angry at Inter officials over delays in Lukaku pursuit

Antonio Conte is already unhappy with Inter Milan over the time it is taking for them to sign Romelu Lukaku.

The Manchester United striker has been identified as Conte’s top target at his new club Inter, but despite the links stretching back all summer, the Italian side are yet to present an acceptable offer.

Their latest bid is said to be worth £60m plus bonuses, but it is still some way short of the £79m+ sum that United want to recoup after they paid the same price to Everton two years ago.

Inter have now started their pre-season tour of Asia without Lukaku, while star striker Mauro Icardi has not travelled with the squad after Conte insisted he was not part of his plans.

According to the Mirror, the former Chelsea boss is growing increasingly frustrated at the Inter hierarchy for their failure to have Lukaku available in time – a scenario all too familiar to the manager from his Stamford Brige days, when he regularly found himself clashing with the board over transfer targets.

In fact, Lukaku could end up lining up against Inter when the two sides meet in the International Champions Cup on Saturday – although he has missed their recent friendlies through injury.