SINGAPORE — Romelu Lukaku will not face Inter Milan in Singapore, according to Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The striker is keen on a move to the Serie A side and is yet to play for United during the tour of Australia and the Far East.
Lukaku is still with the travelling squad but Solskjaer says he will not face Inter as he continues his recovery from injury.
“He’s not fit,” Solskjaer said. “He won’t be available.”
Sources have told ESPN FC there are no meetings scheduled between the two clubs while they are in Singapore and Solskjaer said the situation has not moved forward. Inter are lining up a bid of around £60 million with £15m in add-ons while United value the 26-year-old at between £80m and £90m.
“I don’t have any update from last time I spoke to you,” Solskjaer said.
United have not ruled out Lukaku’s departure and Solskjaer has already suggested he will look to replace the forward if he goes but, with just three weeks left before the transfer deadline, time is running out.
“As I’ve said a few times, we’re working on one or two cases,” Solskjaer said. “But my objective here now is we’ve got to get ready for the games and training sessions.”
Solskjaer has put the squad through their paces during the trip in an effort to get the players’ fitness levels up after a disappointing end to last season.
After games against Inter, Tottenham, Kristiansund and AC Milan, United kick off their league season with Chelsea at Old Trafford and Solskjaer has warned that if they are not ready, they could blow their campaign in the first two months.
They face Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in the first nine games of the season.
“I don’t think many players have had a preseason like this before,” Solskjaer said. “In the first eight to 10 games you can lose the chance to win games so the first two months are vital.”