According to the latest reports from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are set to make their first official bid for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku in the coming days. Indeed, the Belgian appeared to confirm his future is entering a decisive phase as he told reporters in Australia: “Next week, you will know more.”

Indeed, it is likely the two clubs will use their International Champions Cup meeting as an opportunity to discuss the player’s future in more detail. There remains a considerable gap between supply and demand, but Piero Ausilio’s trip to London last week was a useful ice-breaker. It remains to be seen whether Inter will be prepared to meet United’s 83 million euro asking price.

Both Ausilio and his colleague Beppe Marotta will remain in Italy during the club’s Asia tour in order to work on the transfer market, but there is no doubt Lukaku remains a priority for them and coach Antonio Conte. Meanwhile, there have been suggestions Lukaku may be willing to reduce his salary in order to push through a move to San Siro.