The Belgium international’s future has been the subject of intense speculation all summer with Inter and Juventus vying for his services.
Lukaku fell down the pecking order at Old Trafford last season once Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replace Jose Mourinho and has played no part in United’s pre-season campaign.
The 26-year-old travelled with the rest of the first team squad to Australia and Asia, but was deemed unfit to play, nursing a ‘minor injury’.
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Inter have seen several bids for Lukaku rejected with United hoping to make a profit on a player they bought from Everton for £75million two years ago.
Juventus, who appointed Maurizio Sarri as Max Allegri’s successor earlier this summer, now appears to be a more viable destination with the Serie A champions reportedly ready to throw in Paulo Dybala in a potential swap deal.
Earlier on Saturday, Pastorello said: ‘We’ve improved our selection of forwards and reached the apex with Lukaku, who is one of the three-four best strikers in the world.’
Inter manager Antonio Conte has made it known he wants to bring Lukaku to San Sir, having missed out on signing the player when he was in charge of Chelsea.
‘I think frustrated is a big word,’ said Conte ahead of last week’s pre-season friendly defeat against United.
‘Lukaku is United’s player and this is the reality. You know very well that I like this player but also in the past when I was Chelsea’s coach and tried to bring him to Chelsea. I think today Lukaku is a player with United. This is the reality.
‘I think that in this moment if you’re talking about a player from another club it’s right to not talk about Lukaku because we have great respect for United.
‘As I said before, I like this player and consider him an important player for us to have a good improvement but at the same [time] there is a transfer market.
‘We know very well which is our situation at the moment and we will see what happens but for now Lukaku is a United player.’