Former Inter Milan striker suggests club don’t have Romelu Lukaku backup plan

Former Inter Milan striker Sergio Gori believes the Nerazzurri have to backup plan, should they fail to pursue the signature of Romelu Lukaku this summer. The Manchester United striker has been earmarked as the top target for the Nerazzurri in the transfer window but they have not found the breakthrough over a transfer agreement with the Red Devils reluctant to reduce on their £80m price tag.

Speaking to Tutto Mercato Web, Gori said that the San Siro giants are going into the new season without much planning, considering they have placed the entire focus on landing Lukaku from the Red Devils. Mauro Icardi has already been deemed surplus to requirements under new boss Antonio Conte and Gori is concerned with the club heading into another campaign with just one senior striker in Lautaro Martinez in the ranks.

He said: “I struggle to understand certain dynamics of Inter, it seems to me that the management is unprepared. There has not been an alternative plan to Lukaku. Without looking to create controversy, I must say that the management seems unprepared, with a president who lets himself be guided by important professionals but the decisions and the choices seem confused. I don’t understand how Inter could go on tour with kids in attack.”

For a number of weeks, the Nerazzurri appeared favourites to pursue the services of Lukaku, but they now face competition from league holders Juventus. Unlike them, the reigning champions are prepared to offer Paulo Dybala in a straight-swap agreement and reports have suggested that the deal could go through, provided the Argentine agrees to personal terms with the Red Devils.

Elsewhere, the Nerazzurri are finding it difficult to offload Icardi from their ranks despite reducing the price tag. The Argentine is currently valued at around £52m but it appears that there are no suitors for the former club-captain, who has shown disciplinary concerns over the past season with the club. Inter start their new league season with a home game against newly-promoted Lecce.