Di Marzio Hints At A Lukaku-Icardi Swap Deal

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates scoring their second goal.

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Romelu Lukaku hasn’t been receiving guaranteed first-team action since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival at Manchester United.

The Belgian international even saw himself get replaced by Marcus Rashford as the first-choice striker under the Norwegian’s reign, and he continues to struggle for ample game-time to this day.

Amid his fall in the pecking order, his agent has already hinted that a summer exit from Old Trafford could be on the cards, with Italy the likely destination. Lukaku has since been linked with several Serie A giants, and the latest update indicates that he could well be on his way to Inter.

According to reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku and Inter’s wantaway superstar Mauro Icardi is quite likely to materialise come summer.

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Following a contract standoff, Icardi has not only been stripped off his Inter captaincy, but also been completely exiled from the squad for the past two months.

While multiple clubs have expressed interest in the Argentine forward, Di Marzio believes the Mancunian juggernauts are the only ones with the financial muscle and the apt replacement striker to pull this exchange deal off.

“Because of the events that have happened this year between the Nerazzurri and the former captain (Icardi), the hypotheses regarding his future are open,” Di Marzio revealed.

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“All the clubs know that Maurito is easier to reach than in the past and I believe that a possible transfer away from Inter can only be done through a swap deal.

“It is hard for any club to come up with the money [to meet his €110 million release clause]. It is complicated for someone like Napoli due to the salary the Argentine receives.

“It is the same situation for Cavani, whose €12 million net salary would blow up the Inter wage structure. If I were to give a concrete exchange, I would say that Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku.”