Romelu Lukaku missed training with Manchester United after manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer instructed him to practice with the under 23 squad.
Lukaku was absent from Manchester yesterday, and indeed absent from the club altogether as he was in Anderlecht training with his first club.
And, according to Adam Crafton of the Athletic, the striker was furious by the suggestion that he should train away from the first team squad at United.
“Lukaku was told by the club that if he stayed at United’s training ground, he would be expected to train with the club’s Under 23 team,” Crafton wrote. “As a leading international striker, Lukaku felt hurt and isolated and this is one of his justifications for instead choosing to spend yesterday at Anderlecht.”
Lukaku has been linked with a move away from United all summer, with Inter Milan being the most likely suitors. However, Inter have not made an offer that meets the fee United wish to receive. Juventus made a move last week, and Lukaku went as far as to agree terms on a move to Turin, but the transfer fell apart as the Italian club wished to send Paulo Dybala the other way. United were unconvinced by Dybala’s desire to join them and abandoned the move.
It has been suggested that Inter Milan have made a fresh bid, but in the meantime, Lukaku posted results of training exercises on social media, upsetting some of the first team squad.
Solskjaer reprimanded Lukaku and felt the best option was for him to train away from the senior squad as he completed his exit, but Lukaku felt affronted and missed training. It has been suggested that Solskjaer imposed the heaviest fine he could on the Belgian, at around £400,000.
With all parties keen for Lukaku’s exit to be completed swiftly, it appears that the breakdown in relations may facilitate a swifter solution.