Who: Romelu Lukaku
From Where: Manchester United
To Where: Inter Milan
For How Much: £73 million ($88.7M USD)
Grade For Inter Milan: B+
Grade For Manchester United: B
Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan Overview
So it’s finally done. After a long-stretched summer saga involving Romelu Lukaku training with Manchester United, controversially leaking their training stats and then going on strike to train with another club, he’s finally received his dream move.
It needed some forcing to do, but good luck to him in Serie A! He should take to the Italian league fairly well having united with a long admirer Antonio Conte. The Belgian never really got kicking at Manchester United, but now leave the Premier League for a new journey.
United are losing a natural striker, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s already indicated he’s not exactly fond of his style. Inter, on the other hand, receive the natural striker they’ve been hunting for all summer long to replace disgraced former captain Mauro Icardi.
This seems a match made in heaven. Just for their fans’ sake, hope it doesn’t turn out sour for Inter as it did for United.
Who is he?
Romelu Lukaku, 26, is a Belgian international who has featured for Manchester United since the 20187-18 season.
In all, he netted 28 goals in 66 appearances for the Red Devils. He was a bit more productive at his previous club, Everton. In 110 appearances from 2015-17, Lukaku tallied 53 goals.
He’s produced at a similar level for the Belgium national team as well, with 48 goals in 81 caps. American fans might remember him from the havoc he caused in the 2014 World Cup Round of 16 against the USMNT. Coming on as a sub, he assisted on Kevin de Bruyne’s goal and scored the winner in the 105th minute.
Lukaku is a bruiser. He’s 6’3, physical, and as he tweeted out recently, faster than you’d think.
Is the price fair?
The total cost, including add-ons, climbs up to a hefty £73 million. Even in this inflated modern market, that is no joke!
However, if the 26-year-old plays to his strengths and guides Inter to some trophies or challenging with Juventus, he’ll be worth the fee in the long-run. To his benefit, Conte will angle his attacking style around the Belgian, not allowing him to fluff chances or expose his hilarious first-touch.
Conte’s style should suit him better, as it tenders to require the strikers to just focus on the goal-scoring. With a packed midfield and creative players behind him, Lukaku should find his confidence back. Considering his bullish physical aspects along with goal-scoring versatility, the more tactical Serie A should, for me, unleash his best traits.
As long as he keeps scoring goals, the 26-year-old can keep the doubters silenced. To Inter’s credit, the Belgian is yet to hit his peak, something he can achieve under a mentor like Conte. If he fulfils his prophecy of banging in goals consistently, it’ll be a gamble well taken from the Nerazzurri.
What impact should we expect?
For Inter, Lukaku’s the last piece to complete Conte’s new puzzle. After a long chase, the Italian gaffer now plans on getting the best out of him. He’ll be the centrepiece in Inter’s 3-5-2- formation, which is slowly being integrated.
The Nerazzurri have already made a flurry of transfers assured to benefit their new striker, with wingers Mateo Politano, Valentino Lazaro both capable of churning chances one after another for strikers. Nicolo Barella’s the creative midfielder to find the Belgian’s forward runs. Influential players like Ivan Perisic, Stefano Sensi would only amplify his effectiveness.
Of course, Lukaku’s prime objective will be to take Serie A by storm, contributing towards goals in possibly every game. Considering that he’s scored in double digits consecutively for their past few seasons, there’s a belief he’ll be netting 20+ strikes this time around as well.
More than just the scoring aspect, he’s also proven to work in a two-man forward line. This means good things for rising star Lautaro Martinez, with whom he’ll probably create a dynamic partnership knowing their similar traits.
Moreover, the Belgian’s crossing ability as well as work through the wings will add another dimension to stretch Conte’s attacking plans. If he hits his stride and finds his ability to make an impact in big games, I think Lukaku can definitely eclipse Icardi’s goal-scoring phenomenon at Inter.
Inter Milan (B+)
Of course, breaking their club-record for Lukaku shows ambition on Inter’s side. As long as he can maintain consistency while also stop making blunders on the pitch, the Belgian should be a brilliant buy for them. He’s a game-changer, can win them many points, while also being capable of adding that fear-factor back into their game with his lethal goalscoring ability.
Manchester United (B)
As weird as it’d be to say this is a profitable deal for both clubs, I think Manchester United will be pleased to get such a high fee for the erroneous Belgian. He never really hit his peak at Manchester, always fluffing in big games as well as struggling to maintain his rhythm. He never suited OGS’s style anyway, as if United sign a top-quality striker with the received amount in winter, it’ll also be a win-win for United.