Romelu Lukaku’s agent has revealed that the Belgian might have been playing for Juventus if the Old Ladies had sold Paulo Dybala to Manchester United. Lukaku joined Inter in a €65million deal in August and went on to score 17 Serie A goals before the season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Paulo Dybala was linked with a move to Man United and Tottenham but stayed put at Juventus. The Argentine has scored 7 times for the Old Ladies this season including in victories against Inter Milan this term.
Lukaku’s agent Pastorello in a chat with Sky Sport Italia said: “If Lukaku is wearing the Inter shirt today, it’s only because of Paulo Dybala’s failure to join Manchester United.”
He went on to suggest that the Belgian felt a warmer welcome at Inter than he would have expected if he had made a move to Juventus.
“Romelu wanted to leave the Premier League and move to a club where he felt loved,” Pastorello said.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Lukaku had initially revealed that he was close to joining Juve but was interested in linking up with Antonio Conte in an interview with 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.
Presently, Lukaku is under quarantine restriction after coming in contact with Daniele Rugani in the Serie A game between Juventus and Inter Milan. Rugani had tested positive for coronavirus and Dybala has too.