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Romelu Lukaku ‘seals his return to Inter Milan on loan from Chelsea’

Romelu Lukaku ‘seals his return to Inter Milan after the Italian club held showdown talks during a three-hour video call with Chelsea’… Siro

  • Romelu Lukaku’s expected return to Inter Milan this summer is reportedly sealed
  • A video call was scheduled for Monday between Inter and Chelsea
  • Inter owner Steven Zhang is said to have agreed to a loan package worth around £8million
  • Chelsea looking for replacements with Raheem Sterling as a possible option

Romelu Lukaku’s highly anticipated return to Inter Milan this summer on loan has reportedly been sealed after three-hour clashes with Chelsea on Monday.

The Belgian striker has not hidden his desire to return to Serie A after a poor season at Chelsea, scoring just 15 goals in 44 appearances after returning to Stamford Bridge on a deal worth £98.5million.

Chelsea’s new co-owner Todd Boehly was convinced Lukaku’s departure was best for all parties as the Belgian made it clear how determined he was to leave.

Romelu Lukaku's return to Inter Milan is reportedly finalized after three-hour negotiations

Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan is reportedly finalized after three-hour negotiations

It is alleged that Inter owner Steven Zhang (pictured with Lukaku in 2019) has finally agreed to a loan package worth around £8million

It is alleged that Inter owner Steven Zhang (pictured with Lukaku in 2019) has finally agreed to a loan package worth around £8million

As Sportsmail previously reported, a video call between the two clubs was scheduled for Monday and a deal is now said to be about to be finalized.

According to the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sportit took three hours of discussions to reach an agreement, but an agreement has finally been reached.

It is alleged that Inter owner Steven Zhang has finally agreed to a loan package worth an initial fee of £6million, with an additional £1.7million in potential bonuses.

sports post On Monday, Lukaku reported that he had personally arranged his return to Inter by calling manager Simone Inzaghi on his birthday and asking if he could come back to the San Siro.

Lukaku has scored just 15 goals in 44 appearances after returning to Stamford Bridge last year

Lukaku has scored just 15 goals in 44 appearances after returning to Stamford Bridge last year

New Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly believes Lukaku's departure is best for all parties

Thomas Tuchel now identifies substitutes in attack

Chelsea’s new co-owner Todd Boehly (left) is convinced Lukaku’s departure is best for all parties, as Thomas Tuchel (right) now seeks replacements on the attack

In Italy, Lukaku appeared to be leading the way in pushing the comeback, even bypassing his agent Federico Pastorello by answering the phone with Inzaghi more than two months ago.

The call is said to have taken place at 8:30am on April 5 and after wishing the coach a happy 46th birthday, Lukaku reportedly asked, ‘Sir, what can I do to get back to Inter?’

The conversation came the day before Chelsea played their crystal clear quarter-final of the Champions League, the first leg against Real Madrid.

They lost the game 3-1, with Karim Benzema scoring a stunning hat-trick, and Lukaku lost one of Chelsea’s best chances of the evening when he headed wide from a good place.

Lukaku struggled to find his top form at Chelsea after the club record returned there last August.

Inter boss Simone Inzaghi is desperate to bring the Belgian striker back to Milan this summer

Inter boss Simone Inzaghi is desperate to bring the Belgian striker back to Milan this summer

Lukaku helped Inter win the Scudetto during two successful seasons there before returning to Chelsea last year

Lukaku helped Inter win the Scudetto during two successful seasons there before returning to Chelsea last year

He sparked controversy in December when, in an interview with Sky Italia, he admitted “not being happy” with his situation at Chelsea and criticized Tuchel’s tactics.

In the same interview, he expressed a desire to return to Inter “in the near future”, a wish that is now likely to come true.

The departure of Lukaku sharpens Thomas Tuchel’s need to find another target threat and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is at the forefront of the plans.

Chelsea have not yet contacted City, but with a year left on his contract, they believe Sterling, 27, would be worth around £55million.

City are prepared for Sterling’s departure and will not stand in his way, but sports post understands that he is still considering his options.

Chelsea are also fond of Robert Lewandowski, but his desire to move to Barcelona makes a deal unlikely. Red Bull Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele are also options.

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