Romelu Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello has revealed that his client only joined Inter because Paulo Dybala failed to leave Juventus for Man United.
Dybala was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer but a deal didn’t materialize with Lukaku having been billed to be used in a swap deal.
Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Pastorello said: “If Lukaku is wearing the Inter shirt today, it’s only because of Paulo Dybala’s failure to join Manchester United.
“Romelu wanted to leave the Premier League and move to a club where he felt loved. 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.”
The Belgian left United for Inter for €80m (£74m) and has been a hit for his team scoring 23 goals in 35 games in all competitions.