Manchester United are monitoring the financial situation at Inter Milan amid concerns over the remaining £43million owed to them from Romelu Lukaku's transfer to the Italian club.
Lukaku joined Inter in August 2019 for £75m, the same price United had paid Everton for him two years earlier. The fee is due in instalments but it's believed to include a clause stating that Inter must pay the balance in full if they default on any payments.
Reports in Italy on Wednesday claimed that Inter had failed to hand over a £4.32m bonus for Lukaku and now have to pay United the outstanding £43m.
It's understood that Inter have not, in fact, missed a payment and claims that United are now looking to take Lautaro Martinez or Milan Skriniar from the Serie A club as compensation have been described as far-fetched.
However, United are keeping a close eye on moves by Inter's Chinese owners Suning to secure additional finance for the club. The retail giant has pledged to keep supporting Inter despite announcing last week that it was ceasing operations at Chinese champions Jiangsu FC.
A club statement from Inter read: 'While Suning have confirmed their commitment to financially support the club with or without additional external support, it is also sensible and prudent to look outside. With that in mind, Suning have appointed key advisers in Asia to work with them to find suitable partners.'