Manchester City have learned how much they would need to pay for Romelu Lukaku if they are to prise him away from Inter Milan this summer.
City are on the lookout for a new striker after announcing that Sergio Aguero will leave at the end of his contract this summer. Their top target is believed to be Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland. But they are also considering a move for Lukaku, who previously played for their rivals Manchester United.
The reason City are considering alternatives to Haaland is Dortmund’s high asking price. It could take more than €150m to sign the Norway international.
However, Lukaku would also come with a hefty price tag. According to Corriere Dello Sport, Inter want €120m for the Belgian forward.
Lukaku has been in excellent form since leaving United for Inter. He was their top scorer in his first season at San Siro and looks set to repeat that achievement this year – with a league title possibly on the horizon too.
However, Inter are under serious financial pressures. Therefore, Corriere Dello Sport claim they may have to sell one or two of their top players this summer.
Lukaku is one of those they could make the most money on. Antonio Conte would surely be desperate to keep him, but the club may have little choice.
City are mentioned as one of the main contenders to sign the striker, who turns 28 in May. The report also suggests Barcelona could try to make a move.
There is no mention, however, of Chelsea. The Blues have been linked with re-signing their former striker, whom they never gave much of a chance to.
Lukaku's agent Pastorello hails him as best in the world
Romelu Lukaku's agent Federico Pastorello believes being at a club where he feels loved has helped the Belgian become the best striker in the world.
Lukaku has proven since his exit that he is a world-class striker; therefore, a return to Stamford Bridge could be a possibility. However, Corriere Dello Sport have no information about that option.
Lukaku not only Inter star linked with Prem move
Inter, for their part, will only sell Lukaku if they can get the right fee. Given that there is interest from other clubs in some of their other players, there is nothing to say that Lukaku must be the one to make way.
The defender will also come with a big price tag. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that it may take up to €80m to sign the Slovakian.
Even so, Tottenham continue to scout the 26-year-old. He could be another Inter star to end up in the Premier League.