Saturday 17 August 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Romelu Lukaku offer different verdicts on Belgian's Manchester United future

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of Manchester United acknowledges Andreas Pereira of Manchester United at half time during the match between the Perth Glory and Manchester United at Optus Stadium. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty Images
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of Manchester United acknowledges Andreas Pereira of Manchester United at half time during the match between the Perth Glory and Manchester United at Optus Stadium. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Simon Peach

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was coy about Romelu Lukaku's Manchester United future as the Inter Milan target hinted at movement next week.

Just two years after arriving from Everton in an initial £75million deal, the 26-year-old is understood to be welcoming interest from the Serie A giants.

Antonio Conte's side met United in recent days for discussions, but it is understood that Inter have been struggling to fund a deal for the Belgium international.

The striker missed Saturday's 2-0 friendly win against Perth Glory due to a knock and fuelled speculation about his future as he left Optus Stadium, telling reporters: "You guys will know something next week".

Romelu Lukaku looks set to leave Manchester United
Romelu Lukaku looks set to leave Manchester United

Lukaku's brief comment came as Solskjaer faced questions about the frontman's fitness and happiness at the post-match press conference.

"There's been so many speculations but, yes, he should be fit for Wednesday (against Leeds)," the United boss said.

"He trained with the team yesterday, but it wasn't useful today to risk him, to be fair."

Quizzed on whether Lukaku will still be a player at the start of the season, Solskjaer added: "Well, let's see when the season starts. We've not had any bids that we're considering.

"All my conversations with the players I will keep confidential. That's between us.

"That's my privilege and I can promise them that I won't tell (about) our discussions."

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