Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku Expects 'Busy Summer' Amid Inter Milan Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on April 28, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku said he is anticipating a "busy summer" amid rumours linking him with Inter Milan

Lukaku spoke after scoring twice in Belgium's 3-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Scotland on Tuesday.

Per The Independent's Luke Brown, while he would not comment specifically on Inter, he said: "I'll speak with my club and my agent Federico Pastorello to make the best decision. I am going to enjoy my holidays with my family now. I know what I'll do, but won't say it. We'll see. Do I expect a busy summer? Yes."

"I've had a difficult season at club level," he added. "I lost my place and haven't played much. But that is a phase in my career, and it will help me for the next step."

Lukaku started just 22 matches in the Premier League, though he did make 45 appearances in all competitions.

The 26-year-old might be a little disappointed with an overall tally of 15 goals, having netted 27 times in his first campaign at Old Trafford.

As James Robson of the Evening Standard noted, United are in a tricky situation with Lukaku, as they plan to continue with Marcus Rashford as their No. 1 centre-forward option next season:

James Robson @jamesrobsonES

Finally, his departure would place a lot of pressure on Rashford to become a 25-30 goal a season striker. Can see why Solskjær is in no rush to sell - but can the 2nd most expensive player in #mufc history spend the season on the bench?

Inter could be in the market for a striker this summer if Mauro Icardi leaves the San Siro.

Lukaku has his limitations, particularly when it comes to the technical side of the game, but he's typically a prolific goalscorer and can be effective when his strengths are played to.

He has been a force to be reckoned with for his national side:

Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto

⚽️ Romelu Lukaku has now scored 25 goals in 23 international apps in the last 2 years - 8 goals more than any other player for a European country in that period https://t.co/1OPdYKQvUV

In the Premier League, he has 113 goals in 252 appearances. That is not the record of a player who should be discarded lightly, even if he has struggled at times since joining United.

His record with Belgium—48 goals in 81 games—shows what he can do when the right service is provided for him.

Keeping him and recruiting players who can provide similar opportunities for him could be a wiser move than letting him go.