Manchester United are now interested in Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, according to reports.
The Express state that United hold in interest in the Argentine forward, who Inter are prepared to let go this summer.
Icardi could be used in negotiations for Inter to fund the transfer of United’s striker Romelu Lukaku.
La Gazetta dello Sport suggest Inter are currently €25m off United’s valuation for Lukaku, with new manager Antonio Conte desperate to bring the maligned Belgian striker to the San Siro.
Gazetta’s report states that United are holding out for €85m for Lukaku as they look to recoup the majority of the fee spent on the Belgian.
Lukaku has fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has made no secret of a desire to move to Serie A.
“I was always a big fan of the Italian league,” said Lukaku as quoted by the Express.
“People close to me, they know I have two leagues that I always dreamed about – the English league and Serie A. So, for me, Serie A is my favourite league as well.”
It looks inevitable Lukaku will leave this summer, and it seems Inter’s lack of transfer funds is the only thing halting a deal. Icardi, 26, could be the bargaining chip used to get the deal over the line as United will require a new striking alternative.
However, there are concerns over the 26-year-old’s consistency and the Reds need to assess all attacking options to replace Lukaku if the Belgian does depart this summer.