Conte feeling ‘betrayed’ by Lukaku’s United move

Date published: Saturday 8th July 2017 12:59

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte reportedly feels “betrayed” by Romelu Lukaku after the Everton forward opted to join Manchester United over Chelsea.

United announced on Saturday morning that a deal had been agreed with Everton for the Belgium striker with the move now subject to the striker agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

The fee for the player is worth an initial £75million – which will be a record deal between British clubs – while add-ons and incentives could reportedly see it top £100million.

Chelsea have been chasing Lukaku all summer, but only matched United’s offer on Friday evening and that was too late with Lukaku already set on moving to Old Trafford.

According to The Times, Conte and Lukaku, 24, have been in regular contact this summer and the Italians feels “betrayed” that the striker rebuffed a return to Chelsea in favour of a link-up with Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea are believed to have swerved a formal offer previously for the player because agent Mino Raiola was demanding an excessive fee. Conte though has reportedly now forgiven the Chelsea’s board.

Reports indicated that Conte was keen on adding Lukaku to his squad, while the board were not quite as enthusiastic, but the report adds that Conte has put the blame on Lukaku and his agent Raiola and everything at the Bridge is rosy again.

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and Torino’s Andrea Belotti are now “under consideration” as alternatives.

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