ROMELU Lukaku has admitted for the first time he is interested in joining Antonio Conte – “the best manager in the world” – at Inter Milan.
Manchester United are ready to sell the Belgian striker if they receive an offer of around £80million.
Conte was beaten to 26-year-old Lukaku as Chelsea boss two years ago but now wants him to spearhead a Serie A title challenge in his new-look Inter attack.
Lukaku, who scored a total of 42 goals in 96 appearances for United, said: “It’s good to see Conte has joined Inter. For me he is the best manager in the world. “I’ve already taken a decision about the future but I can’t reveal it because I have a contract with Manchester United and because I respect the club.
“I am a big Serie A fan, those close to me know that I have always wanted to play in the English league and in the Italian one, I love Italy.
“And then Cristiano Ronaldo arrived, Sarri will go to Juventus , Ancelotti is at Napoli, it will be an exciting Serie A.
“The club and my agent will talk about it but I have already made my decision.”
Lukaku has complained of being unappreciated as a United player. He is now ready to cut his losses in the knowledge that he is not likely to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice striker next season. It is believed the Reds boss prefers Marcus Rashford.
Conte believed he had landed Lukaku from Everton two years ago but he instead opted for a £75m move to Old Trafford.
The frontman now believes Conte, Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus and the impeding arrival of Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at the Italian champions makes Serie A the place to be.
He said: “Conte knows what I think about him.
“You know I’m not somebody who likes to talk about my personal relationship with managers, but I’m a Manchester United player.
“If something happens, you know, I think the teams and my agents have to do the talking.”