Inter-manager Beppe Marotta has described Romelu Lukaku as “untouchable” in the summer transfer window and stated that the Belgian striker will not leave the San Siro in the coming weeks.
The Nerazzurri have already been forced to sell defender Achraf Hakimi for 70 million euros this summer, after the coronavirus outbreak left the club in a desperately dangerous financial position. Coach Antonio Conte also left for the same reason, leaving question marks on the future of their biggest stars.
Lukaku is immobile in the summer window / Nicolò Campo / Getty Images
But Marotta has been rumored to be a possible move for star striker Lukaku this summer and informed the Italian outlet Mediaset that the 28-year-old is “untouched” in this transfer window.
“Romelu Lukaku is absolutely immobile for us this summer. He is a key player for Inter “, says Marotta and puts a stop to any connections with the player’s former club Chelsea.
This will be reassuring news for Inter supporters, who were able to celebrate their first title in 11 years in just a few days when Conte left the club due to doubts regarding the summer transfer policy.
President Steven Zhang informed the Italian that they would need to raise € 100 million in player sales and cut labor costs to survive the summer, and Conte was not prepared to tear down the winning machine he had built.
Lukaku was a big part of that side, and his career reached new heights under the leadership of the former Inter coach. The Belgian arrived in the summer of 2019 and scored 34 goals in all competitions, which corresponded to a record that the great Ronaldo set for the most goals in a debut season in the San Siro.
The former Manchester United star received 24 times last season, and that was enough to secure Inter their first title in over a decade, which ended Juventus’ monopoly on scudetto.
Lukaku’s performances, combined with I Nerazzurri’s financial struggle, sparked rumors that Chelsea could try a bold swoop to bring forward back to Stamford Bridge, but that door seems to have been slammed in the face.