Manchester United News: Lukaku Out – No Deadline Day Signings

Striker Off To Inter

Romelu Lukaku Manchester United
Image: Dmitry Golubovich

Romelu Lukaku’s exit was the only piece of transfer business done by Manchester United on deadline day.

The Belgium international left Old Trafford for Inter Milan for a fee that could rise to as much as £76.5 million. Inter will pay an initial €65 million (£59.9 million) with a further €10 million (£9.2 million) is payable in performance-related add-ons and bonuses. The Serie A side will have to pay the Red Devils up to €8 million (£7.3 million) if and when Lukaku is sold.

“I just wanted Inter, because Inter is Not For Everyone. I am here to bring the Nerazzurri back to victory,” Lukaku wrote on Twitter on Thursday evening.

He added: “To everyone involved with Manchester United – from the board to the manager and his staff, the players, and all the fans. Thank you and good luck for the future.”

However, it was a deadline day marked by a lack of activity at Manchester United. There was no new striker signed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and that’s being taken as a vote of confidence in 17-year-old Mason Greenwood who has impressed during the club’s pre-season schedule.

Reports early on Thursday claimed that Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams and Juventus front-man Mario Mandzukic were both targets for United. While Williams was offered to the Red Devils they chose not to trigger his release clause of just under £82 million.

Mandzukic was always an odd target give his age – he is 33. United tend to shy away from players over the age of 30 except when they are available on a free transfer and sign one-year deals. The prospect of a £15 million transfer fee and a three-year contract always looked fanciful.

There was no revival of Paulo Dybala’s proposed move to United which was scuppered last weekend by his personal terms. The Argentine was linked with a deadline-day switch to Tottenham Hotspur and the two clubs agreed a fee of £62 million. But Dybala demanded £350,000 a week – a wage Spurs were never going to pay. He remains at Juventus although the Serie A transfer window runs to the end of the month.