Inter boss Antonio Conte is holding out hope of a deal for Romelu Lukaku after Manchester United reportedly ended talks over a possible swap deal with Juventus involving Paulo Dybala.
Striker Lukaku has long been believed to be Conte’s top transfer target but the Nerazzurri have been unable to match United’s asking price, despite making what CEO Giuseppe Marotta described as a fair offer.
It seemed a move to Juventus was looking more likely as the Serie A champions discussed a deal that would also see Dybala move to Old Trafford.
However, widespread reports on Sunday said United have ended interest in the Argentina international due to his wage demands, the agent fees involved and concerns that he does not particularly want to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
“We’re continuing to work in the best possible way,” he said after Inter beat Tottenham 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 International Champions Cup draw. “I understand there are some gaps to fill but, at the moment, I’m very hopeful.
“At the same time, I’m working with a big group of players who I’m very satisfied with.
“I honestly don’t know how it will end. I’m reading about the swap in the newspapers.
“Lukaku is a good player, a striker I tried to buy when I was the coach at Chelsea. We’re talking about two big clubs in Juventus and Inter, but I honestly don’t know how it will end.”