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Romelu Lukaku Has 'Picked Up Some Italian' Amid Juventus, Inter Milan Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 1, 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)
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has said he's "picked up some Italian" amid rumours he could join Serie A giants Juventus or Inter Milan

Lukaku's brother, Jordan, joined Italian outfit Lazio in 2016, and the United frontman told Sky Sport Italia (h/t Football Italia) that's been one factor in encouraging him to learn the language.

He said: "My brother plays in Italy and I watched Sky Italia to see his games, so I picked up some Italian."

Inter looked like frontrunners to sign Lukaku earlier in the summer but have fallen behind rivals Juve, who are willing to let Paulo Dybala move to Old Trafford as part of the deal, per Sky Sports.

Sky Italy (h/t Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol) recently reported the Bianconeri dispatched sporting director Fabio Paratici to help get the transfer across the line:

Kaveh Solhekol @SkyKaveh

Sky Italy reporting that Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has flown to London for talks with the agents of Paulo Dybala, Romelu Lukaku and Manchester United “in order to reach the agreement and complete the exchange” https://t.co/E1QcOUM5YN

Lukaku said in April that it would "really be a dream" to play in Serie A, adding he hoped to join Italy's top flight "sooner or later."

Former Chelsea and Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson recently appeared on TalkSport and said Lukaku has stopped playing to his strengths since joining United:

talkSPORT @talkSPORT

“At Everton he knew what he was good at, bullying defenders all the time.” “At United he’s tried to become the perfect footballer.” ⭐️ “He used to shoot all the time, at United he tries flicks and tricks.” @Glen_Johnson says Romelu Lukaku has lost his way at Man United. 🔴 https://t.co/uixusNQTib

United reportedly value their player at £75 million and appear unwilling to negotiate on that figure, while Lukaku has been open in flirting with his Italian admirers from afar.

The Belgium international has netted 42 goals in 96 appearances for United—superior to the 41 goals he scored in 98 Everton appearances—yet his reputation in England has suffered since moving to Manchester.

Charlotte Duncker and Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News wrote that Inter haven't given up their pursuit, however, and will be hoping Juve's proposed swap including Dybala fails.

Italian football writer Richard Hall recently told Love Sport Radio of the impact it will have on Inter and manager Antonio Conte if they miss Lukaku's signature:

Love Sport Radio @lovesportradio

🇮🇹 @RichHall80 from @footballitalia's said that the potential swap deal for Dybala & Lukaku will be a massive blow for Antonio Conte & Inter Milan #MUFC 📞 WhatsApp - 0208 70 20 558 📲 Listen - https://t.co/XWhRQgRLH7 https://t.co/Qrg0KxmrVY

The Nerazzurri are second in the race as things stand and reportedly must increase their offer if they're to land Conte's primary summer target, assuming Juventus don't complete the transfer first.

Lukaku's willingness to move to Italy is beyond doubt, saying he's already learned some of the lingo with an opportunity to move closer to his Rome-based brother in Serie A.