Agent Says Lukaku Was Closer To Juve Than Inter Before Dybala Snubbed Man Utd

Romelu Lukaku might have
been playing for Juventus rather than Inter had the Bianconeri sold
Paulo Dybala to Manchester United, according to the Belgium
international’s agent.

Agent Says Lukaku Was Closer To Juve Than Inter Before Dybala Snubbed Man Utd 1

Lukaku
left United for Inter in a €65million deal in August and went on to
score 17 Serie A goals before the season was halted by the coronavirus
pandemic.

However, the former Chelsea and Everton striker could have instead been turning out for title rivals Juve this term.

Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello claims Dybala’s departure would have made room for the 26-year-old in Turin.

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Dybala
was linked with both United and Tottenham but instead stayed at Juve,
netting seven times in the league so far in 2019-20 – including strikes
in a pair of precious victories over Inter.

Pastorello told
Sky Sport Italia: “If Lukaku is wearing the Inter shirt today, it’s only
because of Paulo Dybala’s failure to join Manchester United.”

However, Lukaku’s representative also suggested the player felt a warmer welcome at Inter than he would have expected with Juve.

“Romelu wanted to leave the Premier League and move to a club where he felt loved,” Pastorello said.

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“He immediately noticed the affection and warmth of the Inter fans compared to those of Juve, and this made the difference.

“Lukaku’s
arrival at Juve would have pleased many fans, but for Inter his
engagement instead represented a turning point after the arrival of
Antonio Conte, the intention to try to start a winning cycle.

“He
perceived this immediately, even on social media. He felt wanted at
Inter. Conte put a lot of pressure on the club to have the player.”

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Lukaku
himself said he was close to joining Juventus, but that he’d always
wanted link up with Inter coach Antonio Conte in a video interview with
former Arsenal legend Ian Wright.

“I was close, really close [to joining Juve], but my mind was always set on Inter and the manager,” the striker said.

Lukaku
is currently under quarantine restriction after coming into contact
with Daniele Rugani in the Serie A match between Juve and Inter.

Rugani subsequently tested positive for coronavirus, as has Dybala.