Man Utd name price as Inter target forward to replace Lukaku

Date published: Sunday 8th August 2021 11:56 - Joe Williams

Anthony Martial Man Utd

Inter Milan want Man Utd forward Anthony Martial to replace Chelsea-bound Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to reports.

Chelsea are understood to be closing in on Inter’s Lukaku after they reportedly agreed a £97.5m to re-sign the Belgium international.

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Inter will now have some money to replace Lukaku – who has scored 64 goals in 95 matches for the Italian side – with Man Utd forward Martial at the top of their list.

The Daily Mirror claim that ‘Lukaku’s exit could then open the door for Martial to leave Old Trafford’ after six years at the Premier League club.

According to the newspaper, Man Utd are happy to loan the Frenchman to Inter as long as the Serie A giants agree to include an obligation to buy in the deal.

The Red Devils would be looking to ‘recoup most of the £50million they paid Monaco to sign’ the 25-year-old if they were to sell this summer.

Martial failed to make a big impact at Old Trafford last season, scoring just four goals in 26 appearances in all competitions under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Over the previous two campaigns he scored 27 Premier League goals for Man Utd but now it seems his time to leave the club has come.

It now seems that Martial has ‘fallen behind Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and new signing Jadon Sancho in Solskjaer’s plans.’

The France international was not helped by injuries last season but Man Utd ‘are ready to let him go if the right deal can be lined up’.

In other news at Old Trafford, Jesse Lingard – who had a successful loan spell at West Ham last term – has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now self-isolating.

The winger hopes to be part of Solskjaer’s squad this campaign but his latest setback will come as a blow to the England international.

Reacting to the news, Lingard wrote on Twitter: “Really gutted to have tested positive after a good pre season, luckily I feel fine and will follow the guidelines and be back with the boys on pitch very soon! Thank you for your support.”

 

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