According to a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan are set to make their first official offer for Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku in the coming days.
Indeed, Belgium international appeared to confirm his long-term future is entering a decisive phase as the centre-forward told reporters in Australia: “Next week, you will know more.”
Indeed, it’s likely the two sides will use the International Champions Cup match as an opportunity to discuss the star’s future in more detail.
There remains a significant gap between supply and demand, but Piero Ausilio’s trip to London the previous week was a useful ice-breaker.
It remains to be seen whether Inter Milan will be prepared to meet Manchester United’s €83 million asking price.
Both Piero and his co-worker Beppe Marotta will remain in Milan during the club’s Asia tour in order to work on the potential transfers, but there is no doubt Romelu remains a priority for them and manager Antonio Conte.
There have also been talks Lukaku may be prepared to reduce his salary in order to push through a transfer to San Siro.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are reportedly preparing to lodge an official £50m bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The club have been strongly connected with a move for the Portugal international in the latest weeks, while Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have also been touted with an interest.
According to The Independent, Manchester United are now preparing a concrete £50 million offer for the midfielder with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen for the 24-year-old star to move to Old Trafford.