New Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte remained coy on a potential summer move for Manchester United forwards Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.
In particular, Conte has been linked with a move for Lukaku after failing to sign him in 2017 for Chelsea.
English newspaper The Times claimed that United are willing to accept offers of £75m (€84m). Which is the same amount they paid Everton two years ago for his signature.
Furthermore, Lukaku apparently fears he is no longer apart of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans at Old Trafford next season.
Conte has been tipped to bring Sanchez back to the Serie A and end his United nightmare in the process.
The former Udinese star finished last season with just two goals to his name in 27 appearances. Thus, United are allegedly ready to part with their highest earner Sanchez in the summer.
Just hours after being confirmed as the new Inter coach, however, Conte wouldn’t budge when it came to discussing the Red Devils’ strike duo.
“I think now it’s very difficult to talk about this. For sure, we have a plan to try to improve the team,” he told the BBC World Service.
“But it will be very important for the players, it will be very important to have a great will and great ambition, me, the players and the club, to try to reduce this gap.”
When asked if Inter have met Lukaku and his representatives, Conte replied: “No, that’s not right.
“But I repeat at this moment there is a sporting director to talk about this and do this question about the transfer market, about the players.
“But I repeat, now we are very focused to do the first step and to work together.”
On Sanchez, Conte said: “Yeah, but you’re talking about the transfer market, you have to talk to the sporting director about this topic.”
Whether Inter ultimately decide to bid for either Lukaku or Sanchez will likely come down to Mauro Icardi.
The former Barcelona striker’s future is in doubt after being stripped of the captaincy in February.
Although Icardi’s wife and agent, Wanda Nara, assured supporters the plan is to remain at Inter for at least another 12 months.
“He has one-and-a-half years left on his contract and his intention is to continue at Inter for at least another year,” she told TyC Sports.