Romelu Lukaku is considered Inter Milan’s most important player, and as such, it has been speculated that they are looking to keep him at all cost, and raise the funds necessary to keep the club going by letting others, like Achraf Hakimi leave instead.
That stance has been reiterated by the most recent round of stories in both Belgium and Italy. According to HLN, Gazzetta dello Sport and Fabrizio Romano, new Inter Milan manager, Simone Ingazhi has personally called Lukaku to let him know just how important he remains in post-Conte times and to convince him to remain at the club. HLN uses the word “unsellable” while Romano says Lukaku is a “key player” whom Inter will keep from the clutches of Premier League sides.
New Inter manager Inzaghi has called Romelu Lukaku in the last few hours. The club confirmed the intention to keep Lukaku as ‘key player’ despite interest from UK clubs. #Inter— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 31, 2021
Negotiations still on with PSG for Achraf Hakimi - but Inter won’t accept less than €80m.
Gazzetta dello Sport also note that Inter have promised Lukaku that Hakimi will be the only big departure this summer (probably to PSG, though others like Chelsea have been linked as well). Lukaku is set to continue to be the focal point of the project under Ingazhi, who cited Ciro Immobile as evidence that Lukaku can continue operation at the highest level under his guidance as well.
Lukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello, who also represents Malang Sarr, was apparently in the stands at Estadio do Dragão for the Champions League final, and to fuel speculation either way.
Lukaku for his part, is said to be focusing on the upcoming European Championships, and will make a decision on his future after the competition.
Inter, il progetto Inzaghi. Lukaku al centro, poi... https://t.co/drijqCOUNX— La Gazzetta dello Sport (@Gazzetta_it) May 30, 2021