Man Utd chief Ed Woodward responds as Inter Milan offer Radja Nainggolan swap deal

Posted Saturday, July 13, 2019 by

Man Utd chief Ed Woodward responds as Inter Milan offer Radja Nainggolan swap deal
Man Utd have reportedly rejected a swap deal involving Radja Nainggolan and Nemanja Matic (Image: GETTY)

MANCHESTER UNITED have rejected the chance to sign Radja Nainggolan from Inter Milan in a player-plus-cash deal involving Nemanja Matic, according to reports.

Nainggolan is surplus to requirements at Inter after the club revealed that he and Mauro Icardi are free to leave this summer.

Now managed by Antonio Conte, they are keen to take Matic to Italy as Conte previously worked with the defensive midfielder at Chelsea.

The pair won the Premier League title together in 2016-17 and Conte would love to reunite with a player he sold to Manchester United in 2017.

However. transfer expert Duncan Castles says United are not interested in the part-exchange deal involving Nainggolan and it might indicate that Matic is in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term plans.

“There’s been an offer for Internazionale for Nemanja Matic which is quite an amusingly low offer of £10million plus the Inter player Nainggolan,” he told the Transfer Window podcast.

“He’s in his 30s so quite a ambitions offer from inter to see if they could get Matic out of the club that way.”

Castles revealed Inter’s low offer stems from their need to satisfy finical fair play regulations (FFP) and he also revealed rivals AC Milan are interested in Matic.

Milan are banned from the Europa League next season for FFP breaches and therefore have no need to satisfy the regulations.

“Milan are also interested in the player but I don’t believe they’ve made a formal offer to Manchester United at this stage,” Castles added.

“Although Milan are possibly in a better position in that they’ve taken their financial fair play punishment, are out of Europe and can therefore afford to put a higher transfer fee down.

“Inter have to be careful with now much they spend on transfers in this particular summer to avoid future financial fair play issues of their own.”

Inter have also been strongly linked with United striker Romelu Lukaku but the two clubs are struggling to agree on a fee.

United want to make a profit on the £75m they paid to sign him from Everton in 2016.

And reports suggest he might now stay at the club next season.

The BBC say United are refusing to budge on their valuation in an inflated market.

As with Matic, Inter boss Conte is a huge admirer and tried to sign when he was at Chelsea.

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