Man Utd appear to have slipped up once more after a recent report revealed the club did not insert any clauses in Romelu Lukaku’s contract to pave the way for an easy return, should they so desire.
Under Antonio Conte, the 26-year-old has formed a lethal partnership with rising Argentine Lautaro Martinez that has propelled Inter Milan to the summit of the Italian league.
Lukaku has plundered 21 goals from 30 appearances this campaign and has complimented his tally with a further four assists.
His renaissance has catapulted him into the race for the European Golden Boot. where he currently lies in joint-sixth position in the weighted standings.
His departure from Old Trafford in the summer was seen as a positive move for Utd, paving the way for Marcus Rashford to come to the fore in his preferred central striking role.
Rashford has indeed propsered in Lukaku’s absence, but Utd fans will be dismayed to learn that the in-form frontman’s Inter contract ‘contained no clauses for Manchester United to get the Belgium striker back to Old Trafford in a future deal.’
According to the Daily Telegraph, it is understood that the Red Devils ‘do not have a buy-back option or first refusal should other clubs make a move.’
One crumb of comfort can be found with the revelation that Utd did insert a sell-on clause into the deal, allowing Utd to recoup a portion of the fee should Lukaku move again.
Meanwhile, Man Utd have joined Liverpool in sending enticing bids as a Real Madrid star has fired a threat to Zinedine Zidane.
According to Don Balon, Brazilian Casemiro’s last contract extension in 2015 saw his salary move to just over €5million, but five years later that is more than three times less than the salary taken home by Gareth Bale and less than half of that earned by the likes of Sergio Ramos and Vinicius Junior.
As such, Casemiro is reportedly beginning to feel undervalued and as part of his wish for a new deal in Madrid, he wants his salary to match that of his teammates.