Inter Milan is expected to make a new offer of £60m plus bonuses for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku this week, Sky Sports News has been told.
The proposal, which Inter hope would be structured over two or three years, is for a permanent deal with bonuses designed to help the Serie A club get closer to United’s valuation.
Last week, United told Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio that they want more than the £79m paid to Everton for the Belgian striker in 2017.
The new offer is an improvement on Inter’s initial two-year loan request with installments of £9m, £27m, and £27m to be paid in consecutive years.
The Italian club is mindful that the English transfer deadline is just over three weeks away and believe United will want time to sign a replacement.
When asked if Lukaku would be happy at United if a deal doesn’t go through, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:
The day we start the league, I’m sure everyone who’s here will give absolutely everything for Manchester United.
We are going to have a strong team with players who want to give everything.
There are always rumours, speculation about Man United players, but when the league starts, we’ll batten down the hatches and stick together as a team.
Lukaku is currently with United in Australia as they prepare to face Leeds United in a pre-season friendly. Manchester United will face Inter in Singapore on Saturday.