Antonio Conte has taken a subtle dig at Manchester United.
After months of speculation and failed bids, the new Inter boss finally managed to get his hands on his prime attacking transfer target, Romelu Lukaku.
The Serie A outfit made the Belgian international their record club signing after shelling out a mammoth fee of €65 million to convince the Red Devils to let go of the forward.
Lukaku began justifying his huge price tag on the first day of the season itself, as he dropped an impressive display and scored a goal in Inter’s 4-0 win over Lecce.
After the game, Conte addressed the murmurs surrounding Lukaku’s enormous fee by taking an indirect dig at Manchester United’s transfer policy.
The Italian pointed out that as per the deal, Inter possess the option to conveniently pay the player’s transfer fee over five years, which just goes on to highlight United’s desperation to offload the out-of-favour striker.
“Let’s not forget Lukaku cost €65 million to be paid over five years, so when people talk about big money spent, it wasn’t even that much,” Conte told Sky Sports after the game.
“Tonight, Lukaku showed why we tried so hard to sign him.”