Manchester United have asked Inter about the possibility of including Milan Škriniar in a deal for Romelu Lukaku, who has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Serie A club.
Inter are currently unable to fund a deal for Lukaku despite the player wanting the move, and United have now begun exploring possible options that involve a player in exchange.
Calciomercato report that Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport say Inter have already attempted to persuade United into selling Lukaku by offering Ivan Perišić and Mauro Icardi, both seemingly surplus to requirements under newly-appointed Antonio Conte, however, the Red Devils declined the suggestion.
Now, United have told Inter that if they are unable to cough up the funds to sign Lukaku and wish for negotiations to continue, Škriniar should be included in a deal. The 24-year-old signed a new deal in May of this year, extending until 2023 and it’s believed Inter value their man too highly to include him in a deal at this moment in time. The Slovakian can play both at right-back and in defensive midfield but mainly operates as a central defender, playing 35 times in Serie A last season, not missing one match through injury.
The addition of Škriniar potentially would see United’s chase for a centre-back end for the summer whilst not having to invest the sums they would on Matthijs de Ligt, Harry Maguire or Issa Diop, given it would be as part of the deal that sees Lukaku fulfil his dream move to Italy.
It remains to be seen as to Inter’s desperation to complete a deal for Lukaku, and with United in the driving seat for any move to play out, the likelihood is the Belgian won’t leave unless there’s an added benefit for the club.
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