Despite a very positive (from the Italian point of view) report about Inter’s pursuit of Romelu Lukaku appearing in Monday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport, we’re still inclined to believe no one really knows what’s going on behind the scenes.
Why? Because newspapers can’t agree on anything.
Gazzetta on Tuesday double down on their information that Inter are going all in on the Manchester United forward, putting all other transfers to one side, determined to get this one over the line.
Even the Mauro Icardi issue is being ignored, as the Serie A side do their utmost to sign the towering striker from the Red Devils, seeing the Belgian as the man that could solve everything in attack, fitting ideally in Antonio Conte’s plans and who will be their face on and off the pitch.
The joy and hope truly is there, emanating through the very words written on the page.
Over at Corriere dello Sport, however, well, that’s not the case.
No, it’s all sad face emojis as the rival national sport newspaper have a very different slant on the story, explaining things remain (for now) some way off being resolved.
The reason remains the price, as Inter value the forward at €55-60m, while Manchester United don’t feel the Belgium international has depreciated all that much, having paid £85m for him (bonuses included) two years ago.
As things stand, Corriere state the Premier League side are not budging, despite Lukaku having reached an agreement with the Italians regarding his personal terms.
Who do you choose to believe? We suppose that will depend on how you feel about the striker, because, right now, we also have no idea what to think, even if we’re inclined to lean towards Corriere.
Then again, we are as cynical as they come.