Manchester United could be set for a significant windfall if Inter sell star striker Romelu Lukaku this summer.
What’s the story?
According to the Manchester Evening News, United negotiated a sell-on clause into the 28-year-old’s £74 million sale back in 2019.
With his current club experiencing financial difficulties, Lukaku is reportedly up for sale, meaning the Old Trafford outfit could receive a substantial, and welcome, boost to their transfer budget.
Ole would be buzzing
The Belgium international was a crucial component of Antonio Conte’s title-winning side in 2020/21, bagging 30 goals and providing 10 assists in 44 appearances as Inter secured their first Serie A crown in over a decade.
However, it’s widely believed that the Nerazzurri need to raise around £80m through player sales over the upcoming window due to stay afloat, and with Lukaku being one of the San Siro outfit’s most valuable assets, he could be one of the first names out the exit door.
Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City have been linked with a move for the prolific target man as Pep Guardiola searches for Sergio Aguero’s replacement, while one of Lukaku’s former clubs Chelsea have also shown an interest.
His potential return to the English top-flight could be bad news for United if he strengthens one of their main title rivals, but the prospect of extra funds to spend on new players for themselves would surely have Ole Gunnar Solskjaer buzzing.
The exact percentage the sale-on clause is worth is not known, but the Red Devils’ hierarchy are thought to have inserted a 25 per cent clause into the deal that took Wilfried Zaha back to Crystal Palace.
If a similar figure was included in the Lukaku move, then Solskjaer may get a nice top up of his transfer budget.
The likes of Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane have all been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, but the financial impact of the ongoing pandemic has made securing all of the Norwegian’s targets virtually impossible.
Therefore, a potential boost to the kitty from Lukaku’s proposed Inter exit is bound to excite the United boss and the club’s supporters.