Manchester United have opened talks with Juventus over a deal to swap Romelu Lukaku for Paulo Dybala.
United remain in negotiations with Inter Milan over the Belgium striker but are clearly losing patience after knocking back an opening £54million offer for a player they value at closer to £75m.
Juventus have seized on the impasse to make their bid for Lukaku who wants to leave Old Trafford for Italy this summer.
They are offering Dybala, 25, in exchange for the former Chelsea and Everton striker, and the Argentine’s agent is understood to have flown into England for talks on Tuesday.
Juve are also looking to offload Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic, but Dybala is a better fit for the faster, more fluid style Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants from his team next season.
Inter boss Antonio Conte is desperate to sign Lukaku and the player is known to favour a move to the San Siro.
Old Trafford sources confirmed that United remain in talks with both clubs, although any deal is still some way off.
Lukaku was once again absent when United played Kristiansund in Oslo on Tuesday night, meaning he has missed all five pre-season games so far.
United want to sell him before the August 8 Premier League deadline so they can sign a replacement, although the Dybala swap would be a solution to that problem.