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“He Should’ve Gone To Al-Hilal” Lukaku’s Father Declares As Inter Target Fiorentina Forward

Written By Onyeka Daniel

The transfer debacle involving Romelu Lukaku, Inter Milan and Chelsea is a well known story that happened during the summer, ending in the player joining another Serie A club, Roma on the last day of the transfer window.

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But things could have gone differently for the Belgian, even after his failed transfer move to Inter. According to Lukaku’s father, the striker would move to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia rather than to Roma if he had had his way and he also revealed that he was shocked fans jeered him ‘after all he did for Inter.’

The Belgium international has a frosty relationship with his father, but Roger gave an interview with La Derniere Heure about the career path of his son. When deciding against making the return to Inter a permanent transfer, Lukaku rejected far more lucrative proposals from Saudi Arabia in order to join Roma on loan from Chelsea.


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“He made the right choice by going to Roma, but I would’ve chosen Saudi Arabia, he should’ve gone to Al-Hilal,” Roger Lukaku said. “How much would he have earned there, €45m per year? He would’ve had to talk to (Belgium coach) Tedesco to see if he could keep his place in the squad, but Cristiano Ronaldo does it.

“Romelu has two children, he is already 30 years old, at a certain point he has to think about himself. But he wanted to remain in Europe.” When Lukaku did return to San Siro as an opponent against Inter, he was greeted by thousands of whistles handed out to ensure he felt the fury of the fans who felt betrayed by his decision.

“Working with lawyers and agents is good for those who only think about filling their pockets, not the interests of the player,” added the father. “I felt like those jeers were for me. It saddens me to see how he is treated in Italy. I even switched off the television at half-time.

“I know he has developed a tough skin, like an elephant, but everything has its limits. Stress can cause physical damage too. “After all he did for Inter…” Roger Lukaku also reiterated his previous suggestion that his son is the best Number 9 in the world and was ‘unlucky’ to lose the Champions League Final with Inter against Erling Haaland’s Manchester City.

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Inter have met with the agent of Fiorentina striker Christian Kouame about a possible free transfer next summer as the Nerazzurri lay the groundwork to agree a contract with the Ivorian, whose current contract with La Viola runs out at the end of next June.

The player is in the final 6 months of his current contract and Fiorentina are not showing any sign of trying to agree a deal with him. There have not been any serious talks for a new deal. Therefore, there is a real chance that Kouame could be on his way next summer when his contract expires.

Clubs cannot begin negotiating with players regarding prospective free transfers until the start of January. However, on January 1 Inter could formally negotiate with Kouame and his representatives. The biggest obstacle to signing Kouame could be if Fiorentina were to ramp up contract extension talks with the 25-year-old.

Kouame has been a regular starter for La Viola this season. Therefore, there is a very real chance that the Tuscans could push to keep him on next summer. According to a report from Italy, Inter have shown a real interest in signing the Ivorian next summer, meeting with his agent Michelangelo Minieri at the Inter headquarters recently.

There, the agent discussed the situations of a number of his clients. The Inter directors sounded out possible transfer opportunities with Minieri. The report further stated that one name in particular came up as a serious possibility during the talks – that of striker Kouame.

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There are a couple of reasons why Inter have an interest in signing the 25-year-old, who has also played for the likes of Genoa and Anderlecht. The main reason is his versatility. Kouame is capable of adapting to a number of positions across the forward line. Therefore, the Ivorian could slot in as depth in a number of roles in Inter’s squad.

Moreover, Kouame has spent time in Inter’s academy. This would mean that he would be considered a Nerazzurri youth academy product. And then there is the obvious factor of the finances involved in a deal. Kouame would not cost a transfer fee. And in terms of wages, he would not represent a major outlay.

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