Manchester United have rejected at £ 54m bid from International for Romelu Lukaku and informed the Italian club it will need to significantly higher to offer luring the player away from Old Trafford.
Lukaku missed the pre-season friendly between the two clubs in Singapore on Saturday, after complaining of an injury and having seen to talk to the pitch officials after a 1-0 victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjær's team, courtesy of a second-half winner from Mason Greenwood.
He is still keen to take the Belgian striker to Serie A.
"I think that I answered yesterday about Lukaku," the Inter head coach said. “I think that it’s right to speak to the United States player in this moment. For this reason I think we must show
“As I said yesterday, Lukaku is a player I like. I like him because I consider him a player that could improve our team. In one side there is my hope, my will. In the other side we see what we find with the club. "
Two years since moving to Old Trafford Lukaku is keen for the transfer to happen but United bidding out of hand because it fell short of their valuation for the former Everton player.
Asked about Inter's bid – and ongoing interest in the Leicester defender Harry Maguire – Solskjær said: “Of course you want to have your team settled as early as possible. Whoever's available, we work with them …. and let's see on August 8 or 9 who's here and who's not. "
He has already made a feature of his manager. "If you are a player and you don't manage to train for a week – and he missed three games now – of course I think he'll be concerned," Solskjær said. "He's working to get back on the pitch and let's see how long that takes."
Of Greenwood's performance, Solskjær added: “The kid's only 17 and he’s learning every day with these boys. He reminds me of a little bit about the Giggsy [Ryan Giggs] story, that you can't really send him on loan. For me he’s ready to be in this squad. "
Solskjær was less impressed that Ashley Young was booed and jeered by United’s fans during the match. "I think Ashley is a top professional," the manager said. "He always gives everything and his delivery ended up with a goal. Of course, we want fans to support our players. He has been a very loyal servant of many clubs, many years and he keep on performing. We've got a chat with him but I don't think he'll get affected. "