Chelsea are interested in signing Romelu Lukaku and it’s a bittersweet situation for Manchester United.
The Telegraph report would have to pay Chelsea £ 100m to sign the striker, whom they sold for £ 28m in 2014.
Chelsea attempted to sign Lukaku in 2017 before Manchester United won the race, leaving the Blues to settle for Alvaro Morata.
To be honest, neither of the two deals worked out particularly well. Lukaku ended his tenure at United in failure, failed to upgrade Jose Mourinho’s team and left without cutlery. In his final season, he only scored 12 league goals.
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United sold Lukaku to Inter Milan in 2019 and he did well there, refining his body and starring, which helped Inter win the title.
According to the Telegraph report, Manchester United would raise around £ 5m from an Inter-negotiated £ 100m fee. The clause applies to nearly five percent of a future sales fee.
This was a smart deal by United as part of the £ 74 million fee earned for Lukaku’s signature.
Would he rather stay with Inter?
The move from Chelsea to Lukaku will benefit United financially and there will be mixed feelings.
If the Lukaku signing for Chelsea is the United version that struggles in big games and can’t click consistently in the Premier League then there may not be too much to worry about.
But you just know that Lukaku goes all out twice a season against United to prove a point.
The media narrative will consistently question United’s decision to get rid of him every time he scores. It’s a tiring conversation and we are very happy to be staying in Italy instead of visiting again every week. Forget the £ 5 million.
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A big plus is that a move from Lukaku would exclude Chelsea from the Erling Haaland race in 2022.
Chelsea have tried to get Dortmund to sell this summer to no avail. If they get impatient and spend a lot of money this summer on another striker, Lukaku or otherwise, then next summer there will be one less competitor fighting United for Haaland.
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