Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear to Romelu Lukaku that he was no longer first choice at the club during a one-on-one meeting last week.
The Belgian cut short his holiday to return to pre-season training early last week as he was keen to resolve his future. Inter Milan are keen on signing the former Everton star but are still working on a financial package to acquire the striker, who is valued at £75million.
Solskjaer made Rashford his first choice central striker when he took charge last December and he often used Lukaku either on the wing or simply as back-up. And the Norwegian made it clear to Lukaku once more last week that he will have a reduced role if he stays at the club because the 46-year-old wants Rashford to play centrally.
Nevertheless, Lukaku was included in United’s squad for their pre-season tour of Australia and jetted out with his team-mates from Manchester airport on Sunday.
Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta confirmed on Sunday that the club are ‘working hard’ on finding a way of funding a move for the striker. ‘The transfer market is a work in progress. We are working hard to get the best squad possible for the new season. We are ambitious and want the best team possible,’ said Matotta. We also must find ways to respect all financial perimeters too. We cannot rush things because that can lead to mistakes. We have clear ideas but we need to be patient. We have important goals and transfer targets in mind’.
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