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Conte ‘hopeful’ over Lukaku transfer as deal with Juventus collapses

Antonio Conte

Inter manager Antonio Conte refuses to throw in the towel this mercato when it comes to Romelu Lukaku, as is reported by SKY.

Conte hasn’t given up hope of bringing the Belgium international to Inter, and was interviewed following his sides 1-1 draw with Spurs in London, which Inter eventually won on penalties.

Conte was asked about Lukaku following the fixture, to which he responded;

“We continue to work on it in the best possible way. I understand there are some gaps that need to be filled, but at the moment, I am very hopeful that this will happen.

At the same time I’m working with a great group of players that gives me lots of satisfaction.”

The Italian club has been chasing ‘Roms’ signature all market, returning with a fresh bid of around £65m as they attempt to conclude the saga.

There were constant links in the last week that Juventus forward Paolo Dybala would be used as leverage to secure a trade with United, but these rumours have recently been put to bed by the Argentine himself.

Conte finished the interview by reiterating the clubs stance on Lukaku and overall mentality heading into the new campaign;

“Honestly I can’t know, I don’t know, I’m reading (about) this swap in the papers.”“For sure Lukaku, we are talking about a good player, a striker that in the past I tried to buy when I was Chelsea’s coach.

“We’re talking about two big clubs, Juventus and Inter Milan, but honestly I don’t know. Only my way is to work with this group of players, to try to improve this group and instil the right mentality.”