Inter Milan have announced the signing of striker Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United.
Belgium striker Lukaku has been linked with Inter all summer, with the delays in his signing frustrating manager Antonio Conte – but the former Chelsea boss has now finally got his man.
Having seen a swap deal with Juventus collapse due to Paulo Dybala’s reluctance to go the other way, Conte’s Nerazzurri returned with another bid as Lukaku started the week training with former club Anderlecht.
The Serie A side saw a 60m euros (£54m) offer rebuffed last month and redoubled their efforts after Paulo Dybala’s prohibitive demands thwarted a potential swap deal involving Lukaku between United and Juventus.
PA understands Inter will pay up to 80m euros (£73.75m) for Lukaku and a sell-on clause has been inserted in the deal.
Inter tweeted a video of the player wearing an Inter jersey, in which he declared: “Inter is not for everyone, that’s why I’m here.”
— Inter (@Inter) August 8, 2019
Lukaku scored 42 times in 96 games as a United player but he failed to find the net in any of his final eight appearances for the club, with his last goals coming in the dramatic 3-1 win away to Paris St Germain in early March.
The 26-year-old arrived in Milan overnight to complete paperwork and a medical.
Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello had flown into London on Wednesday to push through his client’s exit and end a rather uncomfortable – and at times unsavoury – process.
Despite going on the pre-season tour of Australia and Asia, knocks prevented the striker from appearing in any of United’s four friendly matches.
Lukaku also missed the matches against Kristiansund and AC Milan upon their return to Europe.
The ex-Chelsea and West Brom forward got under the skin of Solskjaer ahead of that final friendly when posting on Twitter a video showing internal data of United players’ maximum speed in training. The message was swiftly deleted.
He has signed a five-year contract at the Milanese club, where he has become their all-time record signing – eclipsing the €49m they paid Lazio for Christian Vieri in 1999.