Romelu Lukaku has opened the door to a move away from Manchester United after expressing his interest in playing in Italy, noting that Juventus are one of the top three clubs in Europe who are getting stronger every year.

The 25-year-old striker has endured a testing start to the season, with his early run of form – scoring four goals in as many games for United as well as three goals sandwich in the middle for Belgium – deserting him that coincided with the club’s plummet down the table.

The Belgian has gone six consecutive matches without a goal for United, although his double in Friday’s 2-1 victory over Switzerland will fuel hopes that he can get back to goalscoring ways upon his return to Old Trafford this week.