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'Unprofessionalism is contagious' - Neville criticises Lukaku ahead of expected Man United departure

The former Red Devils defender has suggested that the right decision is being taken by the Old Trafford outfit.

 Romelu Lukaku is expected to complete a move to Inter today.
Romelu Lukaku is expected to complete a move to Inter today.
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ROMELU LUKAKU IS closing in on a move to Inter, with Gary Neville suggesting that Manchester United are taking the right decision on the player.

The summer transfer window has been dominated by speculation regarding the Belgium international’s future.

A move has been on the cards for some time, with Lukaku having taken to trying to force the issue by going AWOL and training with former club Anderlecht as he waited on developments.

He now appears to have been granted his wish of securing a switch to Serie A, with his agent posting a picture on social media of the 26-year-old heading to Milan.

Reports in the British media indicate that discussions between United and Inter are progressing, with an €80 million (£74m) agreement now in place.

Lukaku found the target 42 times in 96 appearances for United, with previous spells at Chelsea, West Brom and Everton having allowed him to reach 100 goals in the Premier League.

Questions have, however, been asked of his suitability to the Red Devils’ style of play throughout a spell in Manchester.

Lukaku has also faced criticism over his weight and overall contribution to the collective cause under the guidance of Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

No suitable replacement has been acquired as yet, but United legend Neville believes the correct call has been made.

He said on Twitter when responding to suggestions that Lukaku had the potential to become a United great when snapped up from Everton for £75m in 2017: “He admitted he was overweight! He is over 100kg! He’s a Manchester United player!

“He will score goals and do well at Inter Milan but unprofessionalism is contagious.”

United are looking to move in a different direction under Solskjaer to that previously favoured by former bosses.

Lukaku is considered to be disposable in those plans, with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial capable of operating as a central striker.

The Red Devils are also looking to clear the path for exciting academy graduate Mason Greenwood to make more of an impact on the senior stage.

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