Lukaku important to Inter plans, says Antonio Conte.

Nerazzurri keen on adding attacking reinforcements.

Antonio Conte has revealed his admiration for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, adding that he considers the big Belgian an “important element” for Inter Milan.

The striker, who continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford, hasn’t played a match yet in United’s pre-season tour. 

And with the Serie A side looking to sell their frontman Icardi, Conte hopes they land Lukaku at the San Siro soon enough. 

Speaking ahead of Inter’s International Champions Cup clash against the Red Devils on Saturday, the former Chelsea coach said: "Lukaku is a player of Manchester United. I know him very well from the days when I was coach of Chelsea, but today he is a player of Manchester, this is the truth.

Conte feels Romelu Lukaku would be an important signing for Inter. [Getty]

"I like him as a player and I consider him an important element for us to have a good improvement but at the same there is a transfer market.

"We know very well our situation at the moment and we will see what happens but for now Lukaku is a United player.

"For sure it's not easy to play without a striker at the beginning of the season like this. The market is still open."

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