Manchester United are monitoring the financial situation at Inter Milan amid ‘far fetched’ rumours that the club has missed a payment regarding Romelu Lukaku’s transfer to the San Siro.
Inter secured the signing of Lukaku in a club-record deal from the Premier League side in 2019, spending £73m to sign the Belgium international who has since enjoyed a prolific period in Italy.
Lukaku became the fastest player in the club’s history to reach 50 goals in all competitions and is currently the second-highest scoring player in Italian football this season, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo.
The deal for the 27-year-old was structured in instalments, however, and reports in Italy this week claimed that Inter’s financial concerns led to the club missing a payment to the Red Devils, with speculation surfacing that Lautaro Martinez and Milan Skriniar could be used as compensation for the remaining figures owed.
Those rumours have now been described as ‘far-fetched’, though there are reasons for concern given the uncertain financial future of Inter’s Chinese ownership.
Inter are understood to still owe £43m of the Lukaku fee and according to the Mail, United are now keeping a close eye on developments with the Serie A side’s owners, Suning, who last week ceased operations at Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu FC.
Suning have pledged to continue supporting Inter, but are currently seeking additional financial support for the club in moves that have raised concerns amongst the Old Trafford hierarchy.