Romelu Lukaku endured a torrid time at Manchester United and his move to Inter Milan quickly enabled him to get his career back on track, hitting the ground running at the San Siro. The striker reportedly repaid the faith of manager Antonio Conte, who pushed for his signing, by persuading former teammates Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Young to join him in the Serie A.
Following several impressive campaigns at Everton, United broke the bank to sign Lukaku in a deal worth £75million. However, the Belgium international never truly looked likely to justify his price tag and was offloaded to Inter – departing with a respectable record of 28 goals in 66 appearances at Old Trafford.
Lukaku made it no secret after his departure that he felt he was scapegoated at the Theatre of Dreams, with the squad and expectations also making it a tough task for him to thrive. His career was soon back on track under Conte at Inter, and he reunited with some of his former teammates at the club following his debut campaign.
According to La Repubblica, the ex-Chelsea forward persuaded Sanchez and Young to leave the ‘toxic’ United dressing room to join Inter – telling the pair that life at the club was ‘brilliant’ and that there were no divides within the squad. The duo did not hesitate to jump ship and reunite with Lukaku – though neither lasted at the club and it was only a matter of time before they were on the move again. Express Sport takes a look at where they both are now…
Former Arsenal star Sanchez initially joined Inter on loan before making the move permanent in 2020, helping the club to the Serie A title and Coppa Italia before departing. The forward scored 16 goals in 69 appearances for the club before mutually deciding to terminate his contract, with it later revealed that his significant wages were preventing the Italian outfit from acquiring any new Players.
Sanchez then joined Marseille over the summer, and he has hit the ground running at the club. The 34-year-old has scored 12 goals and assisted one in 25 Ligue 1 appearances for Igor Tudor’s side and does not look like he will be hanging his boots up any time soon.
Versatile defender Young spent two years at Inter, with his desire to push on and be an attacking threat as well as defensive know-how making him a ready-made left wing-back in Conte’s system. The former England international made over 40 appearances during his time in Italy, though it was decided that he would leave the club when his contract expired.
Young penned a one-year deal with Aston Villa in 2021 and extended his stay further last summer, as well as being named as club captain. The 37-year-old has featured scarcely under Unai Emery this season, though his impact behind the scenes cannot be understated.