Incoming Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte has expressed interest in Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku who is also interested in a move away from Old Trafford.
The Belgian is reported to be unhappy at United and has been trying to force a move away with Italy reported to be his preferred choice.
Lukaku only started 15 of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 29 matches and the Belgium international said late last month he did not know if he would be at United next season.
Lukaku is understood to have felt marginalised by Solskjaer.
Lukaku had no intention of leaving United under Jose Mourinho amid speculation surrounding a possible move to Italy and agreed to address the media quash the rumours.
However, Lukaku is now open to a move to Serie A over issues with Solskjaer’s selections and the Belgian’s confidants believe the present situation ‘could bring him away’ from United.
Inter are expected to embark on an extravagant spending spree in an attempt to end Juventus’s domestic dominance and Lukaku would effectively replace their hot-tempered forward Mauro Icardi.
Ironically, Lukaku could link up with Ivan Perisic, the winger former Inter coach Jose Mourinho wanted to supplement Lukaku with at United two years ago.
Conte was at the verge of signing Lukaku two years ago when he was Chelsea manager but Lukaku’s then agent Mino Raiola sources is said to have scuttle the deal which saw the striker leave Everton for United.
Inter appeal to Lukaku amid the possibility the club would appoint Conte, though they have not qualified for the Champions League yet.
United paid Everton £75million rising up to £90m for Lukaku two years ago and he could cost Inter a similar fee, despite scoring only 15 club goals in his second United campaign.