Sheffield United could be in line for a cash windfall if Manchester United complete a £50m move for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The Sun reports that the Red Devils are interested in signing the Everton striker after missing out on Erling Braut Haaland. Haaland has joined Borussia Dortmund in a £17.1m (BBC) deal after they met his release clause at Red Bull Salzburg.
Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held talks with the 19-year-old and his father, Alf-Inge. Yet an agreement was not made and now they are looking at alternatives.
Calvert-Lewin is high on their wish list because he is young, English and can develop further. The 22-year-old is also in good form with ten goals in all competitions this season. He has eight Premier League strikes in his last 14 matches.
Why Manchester United interest in Calvert-Lewin could help the Blades
Sheffield-born Calvert-Lewin is a Blades academy graduate and fan of the club. The England Under-21 international played 12 times for the South Yorkshire side before joining the Toffees in a £1.5m transfer in the summer of 2016.
Although not explicitly reported anywhere, there is strong evidence that a sell-on clause will have been inserted into that deal.
The Blades made money on the sale of two former players this summer. Che Adams’ £15m switch to Southampton from Birmingham City was worth £3m to them due to a 20 per cent sell-on clause.
Meanwhile, they still received a little under £1m in the £80m transfer that took Harry Maguire to Old Trafford from Leicester City. That is despite the fact the BBC reports they had already picked up £1.7m when Maguire was sold to Leicester by Hull City.
That was in 2016, shortly after Chris Wilder had taken over as boss. Around the same time the club also received £4.5m due to Kyle Walker’s £45m move from Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester City.
Therefore, logic would dictate a similar clause is in place for Calvert-Lewin. Whether it is for 10 or 20 per cent remains to be seen. Either way the Blades would be in line for at least £5m, though.