Serie A champions Juventus have joined the race to sign Belgium international Romelu Lukaku this summer, asking for Manchester United’s permission to speak to the player ahead of the new season.
The 26-year-old had looked set to join Antonio Conte’s Inter this summer as the clubs have been in talks for a number of weeks, but the Nerazzurri have struggled to make a ‘serious’ offer so far in their search to replace wantaway striker Mauro Icardi.
I Bianconeri are themselves on the lookout for a new centre-forward as Gonzalo Higuaín is being eyed by Roma, but Di Marzio warns that Juventus’ approach could just be a way of ‘obstructing the negotiations’ with Inter.
Juve, who have also been linked with Icardi, have just announced the signing of Merih Demiral from Sassuolo and look set to bolster their defence even further, setting their sights most notably on Matthijs de Ligt and Real Madrid left-back Marcelo.
While Manchester United fans will be hopeful of a quick resolution over Lukaku’s future, resolving the attacking situation among Italy’s top clubs could go on for a considerable amount of time this summer.
I’d rather watch the kids play next season then the likes of Pogba and Lukaku, who have both publicly expressed their desire to leave!! Get what they are worth, sort out replacements and get rid ASAP!!! Ole needs a clean slate & fresh start going into the season. We all do!
— Jo (@YorkieRed_Jojo) July 5, 2019
In a similar way that held up an effective three-way deal involving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi in 2018, Italy’s best all appear to be waiting for one deal to go through before the others follow in a domino effect.