Romelu Lukaku joins Inter Milan on transfer deadline day
Sport news Aug 8, 2019 at 18:03
(CNN)Romelu Lukaku has joined Italian giant Inter Milan from Manchester United in a deal worth a reported $90 million (£74M) on the final day of the English Premier League transfer window Thursday.
The Belgian striker has signed a five-year contract, breaking the Italian side’s record transfer fee in the process.
“Inter were the only club I wanted,” Lukaku said in a statement on Inter’s website. “I’m here to bring the Nerazzurri back to the top.”
Lukaku, who arrived in Milan late Wednesday, was greeted by hundreds of fans as he walked through the arrivals hall, according to footage on social media.
The 26-year-old had fallen out of favor at United under head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and spent part of last week training with his former club Anderlecht in Belgium.
On Wednesday, the player’s agent, Federico Pastorello, posted a photo of the couple flying to Milan on board a private jet.
The Belgian international, who joined United two years ago from Everton in a deal worth £75 million ($91 million), scored 42 goals in 96 appearances for the club.
But Lukaku struggled last season, scoring just 12 league goals with only five of those coming in the second half of the season.
Speaking last Sunday, Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte revealed he had previously tried to sign Lukaku when he was in charge of Chelsea between 2016-18.
He told reporters that he was “very hopeful” of bringing the player to Inter.
Lukaku’s departure could leave United short of firepower with Solskjaer placing his faith in Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez and youngster Mason Greenwood.
United opens its Premier League campaign against Chelsea at Old Trafford Sunday.