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8 Aug, 2019 15:47

'Here to take them back to the top': Lukaku completes €80mn Inter Milan move from Man Utd

'Here to take them back to the top': Lukaku completes €80mn Inter Milan move from Man Utd

Inter Milan have completed the signing of Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United for a club record fee of €80 million (US$90 million), with the player signing a five-year deal with the Serie A club.

Lukaku, 26, spent two seasons at Old Trafford after joining from Everton, scoring 42 goals in 96 games across all competitions.  

However, he was not seen as part of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans for next season, and had caused anger by spending the past two days training with Belgian club Anderlecht.

United had reportedly come close to agreeing a swap deal with Juventus for the forward which would have involved Argentine star Paulo Dybala heading the other way, although that fell through this week over the forward’s wage demands.

But a deal has now been struck with Inter, managed by former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who had also been pursuing Lukaku and finally got their man on Thursday.

Lukaku is his country's all-time top scorer with 48 goals in 81 games. Manchester United wished their former player all the best with his move to Italy.

Inter finished last season fourth in Serie A, a distant 21 points behind title winners Juventus. 

On the announcement of his arrival, Lukaku said he was "here to bring the Nerazzurri back to the top."