Manchester United could reportedly have to send Anthony Martial on loan to Inter Milan as part of any potential transfer deal for Ivan Perisic this summer.
The Italian giants have been reluctant to let the Croatian winger leave this close-season, but have been unable to dampen speculation that he could be on the move for the last few months.
United have seemingly made Perisic one of their prime targets to strengthen in attack, but have not yet been able to meet Inter’s asking price for the player, thought to be in the region of £44million.
As an alternative, the Red Devils could now be given the chance to finally land Perisic if they lend Martial to the San Siro for next season.
The France international wasn’t a regular starter under Jose Mourinho last season, having failed to live up to the fine form he showed in his first season at the club under previous manager Louis van Gaal.
It remains to be seen if United would be open to letting the 21-year-old go, but the Daily Telegraph claim Inter are eager to snap him up in their bid to replace what Perisic offers in attack.
Speaking this week, Inter chief Walter Sabatini said of Perisic: ‘We hope Perisic will stay but we will know more in the next day.
‘If Perisic will leave, we want money and a player and we expect Perisic over these next days will show good behaviour.’
United’s pursuit of the player may have been boosted amid reports that the 28-year-old has left Inter’s pre-season training camp, though it remains to be seen if talks over this swap deal have advanced.
Martial could personally benefit from the chance to move to Inter if he were to get games up front, having been mainly shifted wide by Mourinho last season and with the £75m signing of Romelu Lukaku providing even more competition for that centre-forward spot.
The former Monaco striker has also been linked with Arsenal this summer, and is thought to be valued at around £30m by United.