How Romelu Lukaku has played a part in Inter Milan's move for Alexis Sanchez
Romelu Lukaku has tried to convince his former Manchester United team-mate Alexis Sanchez to join him at Inter Milan, say reports.
The Chilean is set to join the Serie A side on loan for the 2019/20 season after a long-running pursuit by Inter (opens in new tab).
According to the Daily Mail (opens in new tab), Lukaku – who joined Antonio Conte’s side earlier this summer – played a key role in convincing Sanchez of the move.
The Belgium international is said to have spoken on the phone with the former Barcelona (opens in new tab) forward several times, telling him about the beauty of Milan and the positive impression it has had on him since arriving.
Lukaku also explained that the area he lives in is much more elegant than Manchester.
United (opens in new tab) will still be paying a significant part of Sanchez’s lucrative salary during his time in Italy, and there is no option to buy involved in the deal.
Inter will still have to fork out around £6 million to have the former Arsenal (opens in new tab) man in their ranks this season, as he marks a return to Italy eight years after leaving Udinese for Barcelona.
Inter began their league campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of Lecce at San Siro on Monday, with Lukaku scoring on debut.
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.