MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly still owed £47million by Inter Milan in Romelu Lukaku transfer payments.
And they could earn even more if the striker joins Chelsea this summer due to a sell-on clause they have.
Inter signed Lukaku for £73million in 2019 from United and agreed a deal to pay in instalments.
But according to The Express, the Italian champions still have £47m left to pay.
Lukaku, 28, helped Inter to their first league title in 11 years last season with 24 goals in 36 games.
But the club are still struggling financially, with debts of close to £548million, a primary reason manager Antonio Conte left.
And while Inter do not want to lose hitman Lukaku, Chelsea have already bid for the Belgian, who they had from 2011-2014.
UNITED’S SELL-ON CLAUSE
SunSport revealed they turned down an approach of £86m with left-back Marcos Alonso, 30, included in the deal.
And it is believed Inter want at least £100m guaranteed for the man who snubbed a Blues return in 2017 to instead join United.
But when Lukaku left Old Trafford, a sell-on clause entitling United to four and five per cent of any future sale was put on, The Telegraph say.
It means Chelsea could give their Premier League rivals and even bigger financial boost if they land the Belgium international.
Stamford Bridge boss Thomas Tuchel has made it clear to them he needs a top-class striker to help bridge the gap between themselves and champions City this season.
The Blues originally prioritised a move for Erling Haaland, 21, but despite applying pressure have found Borussia Dortmund unwilling to drop their £170m asking price.
And they have found Bayern Munich just as tough to crack after enquiring about the availability of Robert Lewandowski.
With Harry Kane intent on moving to City it leaves Lukaku as the most viable of the best strikers in the world to get a deal done for, but it will come at a cost.
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