‘He’s over 100kg!’ – Neville happy to see Lukaku leave

first_imgRomelu 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. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? 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 .Goal had reported that discussions between United and Inter were progressing , with an €80 million (£74m/$90m) 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 efforts 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.Many will be disappointed to see him move on, with no suitable successor 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 ($91m) 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 .last_img read more

TSX gains traction after Bank of Canada keeps rates unchanged

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market moved higher on Wednesday morning after the Bank of Canada left its key interest rate unchanged.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 19.65 points to 13,971.42, while the Canadian dollar fell 0.45 of a cent to 90.60 cents U.S.The central bank kept the interest rate at 1.0% and lowered its forecast for inflation, as was widely expected.In commodities, the February gold bullion contract slipped $1.30 to US$1,240.50 an ounce.Morgan Stanley has scaled back its expectations for gold prices over the next two years, saying that equity markets won’t need the safe haven of the precious metal as much as they did when the economies were more pained.The report cut target prices by 12% to US$1,160 an ounce in 2014 and 13% to $1,138 in 2015.On the TSX, gold stocks were down 1.1%.The energy sector gained 0.1% as the February crude oil contract moved up 79 cents to US$95.76 a barrel.Information technology stocks were the biggest gainer, rising 1.1%, with shares of BlackBerry ahead 48 cents to $11.36.BlackBerry announced on Tuesday it is selling the majority of its commercial real estate holdings in Canada, but the struggling smartphone maker refused to say how much it expects to make from the deals.The struggling smartphone maker has been trying to change the course of its money-losing operations under the leadership of new CEO John Chen.Meanwhile, Atlanta-based cloud computing company VMware says it is buying mobile computing company AirWatch for about $1.18 billion in cash. AirWatch has been one of BlackBerry’s most aggressive competitors for big business customers.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials slipped 25.68 points to 16,388.76, the Nasdaq was 6.05 points higher to 4,231.81 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 1.76 points to 1,846.56.Weighing on the market were disappointing financial results from IBM Corp. after market close on Tuesday.IBM reported that fourth-quarter net income grew 6%, surpassing Wall Street’s expectations even though revenue declined. Chief executive Ginni Rometty said she’s recommending that senior executives, including herself, forgo personal bonuses for the year.Shares of IBM were down 3% to US$182.48.In other corporate developments, Air Canada says its domestic pension plans had a small surplus as of Jan. 1, according to preliminary estimates — contrasting with the $3.7-billion solvency deficit that they had a year earlier. Shares of the company were up 4%, or 36 cents, to $9.28.TransCanada Corp. says it will provide more details about the official startup of crude oil shipments on the southern portion of its controversial Keystone XL pipeline later today. TransCanada had previously announced Jan. 22 as the date for deliveries to U.S. refineries in the Gulf of Mexico region.TransCanada shares gained 22 cents to $48.69.In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of major British stocks fell 0.09% to 6,825 and Germany’s DAX inched up 0.03% to 9,773. The CAC-40 in France added 0.4% to 4,341.Japan’s Nikkei, the regional heavyweight, gained 0.2% to 15,820.96 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong rose 0.2% to 23,082.25. read more