Inter are reported to be preparing an initial two-year loan with an obligation to buy for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, but should expect to see any such approach rebuffed, as Ole Trafford chiefs seek a transfer fee up front for the Belgian. 

Inter have been linked with a move for Lukaku since before Antonio Conte's appointment earlier this month, seeing him as a key part of their side going forward, with the one hold-up seemingly being the finances involved.

​United are keen to recoup most of the near-£80m they paid to secure his services from ​Everton in 2017, despite his mixed fortunes at the club since, seemingly pricing Inter out of a deal unless they can either secure a huge fee for the likes of Mauro Icardi, or find a creative solution to get the deal done. 


One such potential solution on the table is one they have often leaned into in recent times, as they will ​offer to take the forward on loan for two seasons, with the obligation to buy for £54m at the end of it.

That doesn't come close to fitting within United's remit for a potential deal, however. Not only does it fall well short of what they paid for him two years ago (even after almost £10m of loan fees are accrued), but according to the ​Telegraph, the only circumstances in which they will consider an offer is if it frees up significant transfer funds in the short-term. 

This means that only an offer with guaranteed cash up front - not two years down the line, and with strings attached - is acceptable, and as such they will reject the offer from ​Inter, which is expected 'in the coming days.'


None of this means a deal is off the table, as it remains highly possible that a compromise could be reached, but it does seem as if for now at least, Inter well be sent home to reconsider.