Manchester United’s centre-back pursuits have had fans pulling at their hairs.
The club has made several high-profile attempts for the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Kalidou Koulibaly and more recently for Harry Maguire and Issa Diop but the Red Devils appear to be hitting some sort of dead end or another in each saga.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had made it clear that he would prefer it if the club wraps up a majority of their deals before the side starts their preseason training and tour in July. Logic would dictate that the solution to their defensive woes ought to be a part of that deadline.
As of such, the club may have found an alternative path to acquiring their centre-back.
According to Corriere Dello Sport, United have demanded Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan in exchange for Romelu Lukaku.
The Italian side have recently acquired Antonio Conte as their manager and the gaffer seemed eager to sign Lukaku, who he missed out on during his stint in charge of Chelsea.
However, the Serie A giants do not have the adequate funds to fulfill the high pricetag that the Red Devils have placed on the Belgian striker and as of such have instead elected to offer a player to sweeten the deal.
The report claims that Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi have been offered to the English giants as part of this exchange.
However, United are no longer interested in acquiring those players and only have eyes for the 24-year-old Skriniar. The Serie A club, however, consider this to be a no-deal as they value the defender highly and do not wish to lose out on him after he signed a fresh contract recently.
This may put this saga on a pause of sorts but Lukaku is believed to be eager on an exit after it has become clear that he is no longer the top option in Solskjaer’s roster.