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Manchester United in line for summer transfer windfall if Romelu Lukaku achieves Chelsea switch

Manchester United in line for summer transfer windfall if Romelu Lukaku achieves Chelsea switch

Chelsea’s shock pursuit of Romelu Lukaku could net Premier League rivals Manchester United a transfer windfall this summer.

The Blues are hopeless to sign a new striker ahead of the upcoming season after Timo Werner’s exertions following his move from RB Leipzig.

Werner scored just six goals in the Premier League last term, with Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel making the position a priority this summer as he views to launch a title challenge.

Tuchel’s top target had been Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland after the Norwegian surfaced as one of the best forwards in Europe following his displays in the Bundesliga.

But a deal for Haaland has been confirmed to be hard to settle, with Dortmund settled that they wanted to keep the 21-year-old at Signal Iduna Park for at least another season.

That led to Tuchel turning his eye to other targets, with Lukaku emerging as a shock name following a starring role in Inter Milan’s Serie A title win.

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He scored 24 goals in 36 top-flight appearances last term as Inter ended their decade-long wait for a Scudetto.

It took him to 64 goals in total in the two years since he joined the San Siro side from United in a £68millon move.

The Italian champions are in a dubious financial state, which has already seen them lose manager Antonio Conte.

But according to The Telegraph, Inter will hold out for a fee of £100m from the Blues, even declining an offer that included Marcos Alonso moving to the club in part exchange for Lukaku.

While it is stated that Chelsea are confident of bringing that asking price down, if Inter hold out then United could be in for a substantial windfall.

Belgian international Lukaku previously spent two terms at Old Trafford following a £75m move from Everton.

But he was moved on to Inter after trying to convince he could provide the goals required for the Red Devils to challenge for the Premier League title.

According to The Telegraph, when they sold him to Inter, they included a sell-on clause in the contract that will net them around £5m if Lukaku does move on for his current valuation.

The sell on clause reportedly entitles the Red Devils to between four and five percent of any future sale.

United have received several boosts in their dreams of netting this small windfall, with the report stating that he will consider a proposal from Chelsea.

Lukaku has also parted company with superagent Mino Raiola, who has a turbulent relationship with many of Europe’s top clubs.

Instead, the striker is now served by Federico Pastorello, who is gathered to enjoy a good relationship with the Blues.

While £5m would represent a comparatively small fee in today’s market, it would be a welcome boost to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

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Manchester United in line for summer transfer windfall if Romelu Lukaku achieves Chelsea switch

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