Inter Milan have targeted Manchester United striker Anthony Martial to replace Chelsea-bound Romelu Lukaku.
The Serie A champions are resigned to losing former United, Everton and West Brom hit-man Lukaku after his old club offered to meet Inter’s asking price to take him back to Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku’s exit could then open the door for Martial to leave Old Trafford.
Inter want to take the 25-year-old on loan for the season despite their massive windfall – and United will agree if the Italian club accept their demand that an obligation to buy must be included in any arrangement.
United want to recoup most of the £50million they paid Monaco to sign Martial six years ago.
Everton have also been linked with a loan move for the United forward.
Inter failed with a previous attempt to sign Martial in 2019.
He still has three years left on his £200,000-a-week contract in Manchester, but Inter are willing to cover that cost.
Martial, who has been sidelined with a knee ligament injury since March, has fallen behind Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and new signing Jadon Sancho in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.
Rashford has opted to have an operation to cure the shoulder problem that plagued him for most of last season and could be missing for three months.
But Martial scored just four times in the Premier League last season and United are ready to let him go if the right deal can be lined up.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer discussed the introduction of new signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane after Sunday’s 4-0 friendly win over Everton.
“Of course the medical with Raphael has to be done,” Solksjaer told MUTV.
“He’s isolating at the moment, he had to wait for visas, so unfortunately that took a few more days than expected but we’re gonna follow the protocols and the rules so it’s took a few more days than we hoped for.
“Jadon is in for Monday and hopefully then he’s in decent nick and can be involved.
“Hopefully, we’ll get Raphael and Jadon in with the group,” Solskjaer added, when speaking to MUTV.
“That’s important for us when you sign two players like that, that you get them in.”
United take on Leeds United in their opening match of the new Premier League season next weekend.