Inter are furious after reports that Juventus began negotiations with Romelu Lukaku in March, but the Old Lady deny breaking any rules, details La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Italian outlet has detailed how talks allegedly opened between the Bianconeri and the Belgian’s lawyer Sebastian Ledure in March and two days after the Champions League final in June, the player reportedly agreed terms on a contract.
Inter are deeply angered by the situation and are ready to fight their case, concerned that Juventus may have ‘lured’ Lukaku – essentially contacting him without first obtaining proper authorization from his club, something which is against FIFA regulations.
The Nerazzurri are also concerned that these talks with Juventus may have affected Lukaku’s performance in the Champions League final, where he had a game to forget against Manchester City.
Juventus deny these reports and claim they did not open talks with Lukaku until July, after he returned to Chelsea. Their suggestion is that they only called up the Belgian striker after receiving permission from the Blues.
The Old Lady are still negotiating a potential swap deal with Chelsea and this week could be crucial in seeing Lukaku make the jump to Turin.