Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that he has 'discussed' a potential transfer deal for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, but the club has not made any move yet.
The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to Italian Serie A, with Inter Milan having courted him all through the summer, but have not reached any agreement yet.
United's £80 million valuation of the former Chelsea and Everton striker is said to have put Inter Milan out of the running for Lukaku's signature and might be the reason why Napoli might not make any move.
"You know why there are rumours about him? Because I am good friends with his agent, Federico Pastorello, who I often wake up at dawn for a chat," he told Sky Sport Italia.
"I asked him: 'Do you think Lukaku would suit Napoli? Is he going to Juventus or not?' We spoke in those terms, but then we know it’s in the interest of agents to make it seem as if we made an offer, as that raises the price tag for someone else.
"This is why I’d prefer it if the transfer market opened the day after the season ended and closed at the end of July,"
Lukaku has set his heart and mind on leaving United, having fallen behind Marcus Rashford in the pecking order at the club.
The 26-year-old found himself behind the young English forward towards the end of last season, and it's believed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be keen in keeping Rashford as his main striker next season.