Manchester United took the decision to sell Romelu Lukaku after he shocked backroom staff by returning to pre-season training significantly out of shape.
According to media reports, the Belgium international arrived back at the club’s Carrington training complex 9lbs overweight, prompting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to discard a player he felt to be ill-suited to the brand of football he intends to implement this season.
Lukaku enjoyed a purple patch as recently as early March, scoring six goals in three matches, including a brace in United’s landmark Champions League win over PSG which effectively confirmed Solskjaer as Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement.
Despite that spree, Lukaku failed to win the full trust of Solskjaer and was usurped by Marcus Rashford in the Norwegian’s pecking order by the end of last season.
Solskjaer has subsequently outlined his desire to build a new-look attack around pacey, mobile and versatile strikeforce.
To that end he added winger Daniel James to his first team squad, signing the Wales international from Swansea, promoting youngster Mason Greenwood and restoring Anthony Martial to the No.9 role he effectively vacated upon the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Mourinho’s first summer in charge.
Lukaku, meanwhile, trained alone during United’s pre-season campaign but the 26-year-old effectively burned his bridges with a series of tweets earlier this month in which he revealed confidential club information relating to player performance in training.
The former Chelsea striker was subsequently granted his dream move to Inter as United recouped the majority of the £75m fee they paid to Everton for his services two years ago.
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