VIDEO: Manchester United Sh9 billion flop Lukaku receives hero’s welcome in Italy

By Waweru Titus: Thursday, August 8th 2019 at 11:57 GMT +3 | Football
Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a United exit throughout the off-season. [Courtesy]

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku received a rapturous welcome after arriving in Milan, Italy ahead of his move away from Old Trafford.

Lukaku has been linked with a United exit throughout the off-season as he attracted interest from perennial Serie A winners Juventus and Inter Milan.

Juventus failed with an offer for Lukaku, which would have seen Paulo Dybala move in the opposite direction until the deal collapsed over the Argentine's £350,000-a-week (Sh44 million) wage demands.

Federico Pastorello, Lukaku’s agent, confirmed his imminent switch to Inter on social media.

Pastorello posted a picture on Instagram with the pair on a plane and the caption read: "Ready to take off …. direction Milan!!! @inter… we are coming."

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The 26-year-old landed in Italy (Milan's Malpensa Airport) on Thursday morning and he was greeted by rapturous Inter supporters.

According to Omnisport, Inter will pay €80million (Sh9 billion) to make the Belgium striker their record signing.

The former Everton forward scored 16 Premier League goals in his first season at United but his consistency was questioned firebrand Jose Mourinho's troubled reign came to an end.

Lukaku was unable to rekindle his form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He has been growing increasingly militant in recent days.

First, he took to social media to suggest he might be better off joining NBA giants LA Lakers.

Then he posted confidential details of the speed-test timings of United's first-team squad.

Lukaku was ordered to delete the post by his club and reminded of his responsibilities.

Lukaku, who banks £195,000-a-week (Sh25 million) at United scored 42 goals in all competitions since joining the Red Devils from Everton in 2017.

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