26/07/2021; 11:06 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta has reiterated the Italian club's desire to keep their star striker Romelu Lukaku this summer.
The Belgian from San Siro has attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City this summer. Lukaku played in Chelsea in his younger days but never managed to establish himself at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, the reigning European champions, are currently hunting for a new striker this summer. The Stamford Bridge occupants have been linked with Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and have a special interest in the talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski. Haaland is Chelsea's current top transfer target, but the London club sees Romelu Lukaku, a former employee, as another option to the Dortmund striker.
Manchester City is another Club that have made inquiries about the Belgian this summer. The reigning Premier League champions are currently looking for a new striker to replace Sergio Kun Aguero, who left at the end of last season. City are currently looking to bring Harry Kane but would also consider Lukaku if they fail to bring Kane.
Speaking ahead of Inter Millan's pre-season friendly with Pergolettese, Marotta said the Belgian striker is crucial to the Italian champions and would not be sold this summer. Marotta also added that Lukaku is an essential piece on Simone Inzaghi's chessboard.
Romelu Lukaku is set to play an essential role for Inter Milan as they seek to fend off challenges from perennial favourites Juventus and San Siro cohabitors AC Milan in their Serie A title defence next season.
Lukaku joined the Nerazzurri from Manchester United in the summer of 2019. The Belgian international has scored a total of 64 goals in two seasons he has spent at San Siro. However, he lost to the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for Serie A golden boot last season.
Lukaku also scored four goals for Belgium in the just concluded EURO 2020 tournament.