Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku has said Antonio Conte is the "best manager in the world" and that, along with the Premier League, Serie A is the league he "always dreamed" of playing in.

Sources have told ESPN FC that, while new Nerazzurri boss Conte is interested in making Lukaku his first signing at San Siro, there has not yet been any contact between the two parties. Conte reportedly wanted Lukaku when he was Chelsea manager, but the Belgium international moved to United instead.

And, speaking after Belgium's 3-0 Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Scotland, Lukaku was full of praise for both Conte and the direction Italian football is taking.

"I was always a big fan of the Italian league," Lukaku told Sport Mediaset. "I have two leagues which I always dreamed about which are the English league and the Serie A.

"So for me the Serie A is my favourite league as well -- I love Italy.