Inter Milan have launched an audacious first bid to sign Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
The club's sporting director, Piero Ausilio, had reportedly flown into London to begin talks with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over a final deal for the player.
According to Sky Sport Italia and the Guardian's Fabrizio Romano, the Italian club have apparently made their first bid for Lukaku.
Romano claims that the bid is broken down into different instalments, with the club paying £9m (€10m) and taking the Belgium international out on loan.
Following on from the first payment, the Serie A outfit would pay £27m (€30m) in June 2020 and £27m (€30m) in June 2021 to take the fee up to a total of £63m (€70m).
Inter would be 'obligated' to make the deal final once they take the ex-Chelsea and Everton man out on loan.
But the Red Devils are expected to reject the bid and have named their price tag of around £80m for the United star.
Lukaku, who has been linked with a move to the San Siro in recent months, has flown out with his United teammates for the start of their
pre-season tour in Perth.
But the Inter target has revealed his desire to quit Old Trafford and work under Antonio Conte in Italy.
The striker's agent, Federico Pastorello, also reinforced his player's dreams of moving to Italy this summer.
"Yes, he's publicly expressed his plans and desires," he said last month.
"We'll see what happens.
"Lukaku [joining Inter] is a dream, a difficult one to make happen as such, but I believe nothing is impossible.
"It's not impossible and Inter is trying hard."
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