Inter Milan move for Romelu Lukaku return
Inter Milan chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said the Serie A club will sign Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana in the coming days, while stating forwards Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala are targets. Mkhitaryan excelled as part of Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma side last term in Serie A, but could not agree on a contract extension.
Onana, who was banned by European soccer’s governing body Uefa for violating doping rules last year, leaves Ajax Amsterdam having won three successive Eredivisie titles.
“There will be new signings, but I don’t know who they will be,” Marotta told Radio Rai.
“Mkhitaryan will be official in the next few days, the same goes for Onana.
“We are evaluating a bit of everything, also players from the youth team who became Italy champions. We know that we must wait for young players and build a strong team.”
Marotta added that the club want Lukaku, who became English Premier League side Chelsea’s record signing when leaving Inter last year, to return to Milan, with departing Juventus forward Dybala also of interest.
“I can say that today will not be the day of Lukaku’s announcement,” he added. “Lukaku and Dybala are our targets, but we need to consider financial issues. We are in talks with these two players and we’ll be happy if we sign them. If not, we’ll consider different targets.”
West Ham signing
West Ham United have signed defender Nayef Aguerd from Ligue 1 side Rennes on a five-year contract, the Premier League club said on Monday.
British media reports said West Ham paid Rennes $36.73 million including add-ons for the 26-year-old Moroccan international. “West Ham is a historic club. I saw a few of their games this year, and I saw the fans and the atmosphere were fantastic, with the bubbles!,” Aguerd said.
Aguerd was a key figure for Rennes last season, making 40 appearances in all competitions as they finished fourth in Ligue 1 and reached the last 16 of the Europa Conference League.
The centre back, who joined Rennes from Dijon in 2020, has 25 international caps for Morocco since making his debut in 2016.
West Ham finished the Premier League season in seventh place and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.