Antonio Conte believes Inter have signed new hero Romelu Lukaku on the cheap from Manchester United. The Belgium international started his Serie A career in the perfect manner following a summer of intense speculation by scoring on his competitive debut during Monday’s convincing 4-0 win over Lecce at San Siro.

Conte came agonisingly close to signing the 26-year-old during his second summer in charge at Chelsea but the deal collapsed at the last minute, allowing United and Jose Mourinho the opportunity to pounce.

Despite boasting a healthy goalscoring record, the Old Trafford faithful rarely warmed to Lukaku, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt he was ill-suite to the high-intensity philosophy he intends to implement this season.

Lukaku was eventually granted an opportunity to work under Conte when United sanctioned his sale earlier this month and although they recouped the majority of the fee they shelled out to Everton two years ago, the former Premier League winning coach believes Inter have landed a bargain.

‘Let’s not forget Lukaku cost €65million to be paid over five years, so when people talk about big money spent, it wasn’t even that much,’ Conte told Sky Sports. ‘Tonight, Lukaku showed why we tried so hard to sign him.