Inter Millan have made an improved bid of up to £73.9million for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
The MEN understands Inter came back with a second bid for Lukaku, 26, worth an initial £63.9m with £10m in add-ons after United rejected a £54m offer from the Italian side last month. Lukaku had agreed to a proposed swap deal involving Juventus forward Paulo Dybala that collapsed last week but his preference has always been to join Inter.
United have slightly lowered their £80m asking price to £75m but could compromise as Inter explore the possibility of a deal before the Premier League transfer window closes at 5pm on Thursday.
Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello has been in meetings with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and head of corporate development Matt Judge in London today.
Inter believe there is a greater chance of United agreeing to a deal while there is still enough time for United to try and bring in a replacement.
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Lukaku, who agreed personal terms with Inter a while ago, was intent on remaining respectful towards United during his transfer saga but his behaviour has been questioned over the last week.
The Belgian trained with former club Anderlecht after he was admonished by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for tweeting a video that revealed statistics from a training session on Twitter. Lukaku was told to train with the United Under-23s but instead went to his homeland.
United were fine with Lukaku spending his Monday off with Anderlecht but he is expected to be fined for not returning to training yesterday. Lukaku was not training with the United first-team while fit last week before he failed to report back at Carrington on Tuesday.
Lukaku arrived from Everton in the summer of 2017 and has been United’s leading goalscorer for the past two seasons. United are preparing for the possibility of selling Lukaku without bringing in replacement, amid encouragement from their youngsters’ performances during pre-season.