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08th Jun 2019

Manchester United turned down a swap deal for Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi

Jack O'Toole

Manchester United have reportedly turned down a swap deal for Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.

According to Sky Sport Italy journalist Fabrizio Romano, United were offered Icardi for striker Romelu Lukaku but turned down the approach from Inter.

It is understood that new manager Antonio Conte wants Lukaku to lead his line and has no plans to keep Icardi in his squad.

Lukaku became somewhat of a peripheral figure under new United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the second-half of this season with the Belgian international starting just 22 games (15 under Solskjaer) in the last campaign, compared to 33 games last season and 36 games in his final season with Everton.

Lukaku signed from Everton two years ago for £75m but he did admit that he was open to a move to the Serie A and said that he hopes to play in Italy at some point in his career.
‘Playing in Serie A is a dream, it would be really a dream,’ Lukaku told Sky Italia. ‘I hope to be able to play sooner or later, even if at the moment I am focused on the United.’