Manchester United are thinking about the possibility of signing Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi as part of the deal that sees Romelu Lukaku move to Italy, according to reports.
The Serie A giants are understood to be advancing on a £62million deal with United for Lukaku, with the Belgian ready to sign a five-year deal worth a mammoth £6.6m-a-season.
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But, before Inter can complete the deal for Lukaku, they first need to sell Icardi – though they are struggling to find any suitors for the fiery frontman.
Now the Daily Express claim Inter are willing to explore the chance of selling Icardi to United as part of the deal for Lukaku, reducing the amount of cash they’ll have to cough up.
Icardi has a bad rep and was stripped of the captaincy last term, yet the report states United would be interested in bringing the Argentine frontman to Old Trafford.
Lukaku’s impending exit would leave manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer somewhat short on options in attack, with just Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
Solskjaer may make youngster Mason Greenwood part of the first-team squad, but Icardi would provide proven firepower up top in Lukaku’s absence.
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Lukaku had one of his least prolific seasons in English football, only scoring 12 times, though still out-scored Icardi who bagged 11 goals.
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