Exclusive - Inter will open talks with star forward Romelu Lukaku over a new contract in order to secure his future at San Siro amid interest from rival clubs, including Juventus.
Lukaku has resurrected his career in Milan after his spell at Manchester United turned sour and scored more than 30 goals in a season for the first time in 2019/20. His final tally stood at 34, with the last one coming in Inter’s first appearance in a European final for 10 years.
So far this season, the Belgian international has scored 11 times in 12 games in all competitions, meaning he has already surpassed his goal tally at United in over 30 games fewer.
90min has learned that Inter are keen to make sure Lukaku can’t be lured away and want to begin talks about tying him down to a fresh deal, even though his current contract still has another three and a half years left to run until the summer of 2024.
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Serie A rivals Juventus are among the clubs believed to be showing interest in Lukaku, while there is also some interest from back in the Premier League, where he spent eight years until 2019.
Reassuringly for Inter, Lukaku is happy with the Nerazzurri and is not looking to move on.
A source said of the situation, “Romelu loves it at Inter, he knew he would do well in Serie A and he is no hurry to leave, despite knowing his form would attract interest.”
One of the major aspects of his success in Milan has been a strong on-field relationship with Lautaro Martinez. The Argentine has been a target for Barcelona over the past year and Inter have been in talks over a new contract him, although he looks increasingly likely to depart in 2021.
That only strengthens the club’s resolve to keep Lukaku for the long-term.