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Manchester United are in line to receive £4million from Romelu Lukaku’s move to Chelsea thanks to a sell-on clause inserted when the Belgian moved to Inter Milan.
Lukaku will return to Stamford Bridge this weekend after his former club agreed a fee with Inter Milan worth €115million (£97.5million), making him Chelsea’s record signing.
Chelsea bought Lukaku from Anderlecht when he was 18 in 2011 and sold him to Everton for £28m in 2014, after he’d made just 15 senior appearances for them.
The west London outfit tried to re-sign Lukaku in 2017, but he opted to move to United for £75m and stayed at the club for two years before joining Inter for £73m.
Lukaku was understood to be happy to remain in Serie A with Inter, but once Chelsea became seriously interested he had a change of heart and signalled to the club his intention to rejoin the Champions League winners.
The transfer could have a knock-on effect in the transfer market, too. With Chelsea buying Lukaku and Manchester City seeking to sign Harry Kane, United would have fewer genuine challengers in any possible bid to sign Erling Haaland next summer.
The Norwegian striker is not expected to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, while United are currently focusing on outgoings.
However, they are yet to make a significant sale with under a month until the transfer window closes.