Manchester United appear to be in the market for a new striker as they are linked with a move for Moussa Dembele and a £95m move for Antoine Griezmann but it appears they have been offered a chance to sign another striker.
Lukaku has been linked with a move to Inter Milan and it was reported that United proposed an offer for a deal worth £62m which would include Milan Skriniar making the move to Old Trafford, but the deal was hurriedly rejected by the Italian Champions. However, there is a twist.
According to ESPN reported Paolo Bandini, it is claimed that Inter have considered the option of offering their striker Mauro Icardi to Manchester United in a direct swap deal for Romelu Lukaku.
“[Where Icardi ends up] is the fascinating question here,” Bandini told ESPN FC.
“Is he a better player than Lukaku? In my opinion yes.
“I think Mauro Icardi is absolutely a world-class striker when he’s on, when he’s giving you everything he can.
“Likewise though, finding a club for him is not going to be straightforward.
“Manchester United frankly, if Inter thought they could get a swap deal out of this, if they could send Icardi to Manchester and get Lukaku coming back in the other direction, they’d be happy.
“But from what I’ve heard so far United aren’t that keen on it.
Lukaku is reported to have agreed personal terms with the Italian club and was heard professing his love for Italian football sometime last week.
Inter are eager to offload Icardi to any club but the striker, who earns €135,000 per week, is reluctant to leave.
Icardi still has two years left on his current contract with the club but they have threatened to hand him a fringe role should he refuse leaving this summer.
Icardi scored 17 League goals in 37 appearances for Inter this season. In the previous campaign, the striker churned out 29 goals in all competitions, which shows what he brings to the table. However, it remains to be seen whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could handle the forward’s drama on the pitch and off it.