Manchester City considered signing Inter striker Romelu Lukaku in the summer transfer window, but were put off by the Nerazzurri’s high valuation, according to a report from English media outlet the Telegraph earlier today.
The report details how the Citizens, under the guidance of coach Pep Guardiola, are looking for a top forward to replace long-time goal scorer Sergio Aguero, whose contract expires with the English club at the end of the season.
Manchester City were prepared to pay up to £70 million for a top striker in the summer transfer window, the report continues, but the Nerazzurri valued Lukaku at £93.75 million at the time.
The 27-year-old Belgian forward, who is contracted to the Nerazzurri until 2024, is the clear leader of coach Antonio Conte’s squad, and his absence earlier this season was clearly felt.
Lukaku has scored seven goals in eight games so far this season, being an important presence both on the pitch and in the dressing room.