Inter Milan’s chase for Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku has been hampered by the problem they can’t actually afford him, The Telegraph report.

According to Corriere dello Sport, United have reportedly told Inter Milan the only way an offer will be accepted is as part of a swap deal for Milan Skriniar.

Inter had hoped to tempt United with one of Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic. For reasons of difficult personality and age, United do not appear to be keen.

Skriniar is a different proposition entirely. It’s obvious why United are interested.

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What’s more important?

The Slovakian defender is a powerhouse, capable of forging a formidable partnership at centre-back with Victor Lindelöf.

This would be a major upgrade for United if a deal can be pushed through.

Skriniar is highly rated in his own right. Calciomercato reported two months ago Inter valued him at £86 million. This would bring a Lukaku deal essentially down to a straight swap.

 

Inter have just signed Diego Godin from Atletico Madrid, meaning they have a ready made replacement for Skriniar.

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Skriniar has since signed a new contract, Football Italia report. United’s Lukaku proposal may not be acceptable to Inter.

It will be a test of how badly they want the Belgian.

Signing Skriniar would help fix United’s problem position at centre-back. This is still a conundrum a month into the transfer window.

United would still need to sign a striker to replace Lukaku, but this should be easier to solve than the centre-back spot. Landing Skriniar could make a Lukaku sale worth it.

Having a first choice centre-back may be more important than a striker who is no longer guaranteed a first team place.

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