Romelu Lukaku talks between Chelsea and Inter Milan developing ahead of loan deal
Romelu Lukaku talks between Chelsea and Inter Milan are developing with the two clubs poised for face-to-face talks over a loan deal… as the Belgian striker approaches a return to Italy after a disappointing season at Stamford Bridge
Talks between Chelsea and Inter Milan over a lease for Romelu Lukaku are developing as the disgraced Belgian striker nears a return to Italy.
Lukaku is looking to return to Inter after a disappointing season at Stamford Bridge following his £98million move to the Serie A giants last summer.
The 29-year-old Failing to reach the lofty heights expected of him, scoring just eight times in the league in a campaign that saw him feud with boss Thomas Tuchel.
Romelu Lukaku nears a return to Inter Milan after struggling at Chelsea last season
Lukaku gave a bombshell interview in December in which he expressed his unhappiness at Stamford Bridge and was dropped from the German team.
He improved towards the end of the season, but was regularly tipped to get away from Stamford Bridge quickly in one of the early transfer saga of the summer.
Chelsea are open to returning Lukaku to Inter on loan but are likely to demand a fee of at least £17million, a significant sum for a temporary transfer.
Reports in Italy claim the Premier League club could lower that price if an Inter player is included in the deal.
The 29-year-old Belgian had an excellent period in Italy with Inter, which wants to rent him out
Lukaku fell out of favor under Thomas Tuchel last season after controversial interview
The directors of Inter and Chelsea are ready for direct talks on the financial elements of the deal, which must be completed before June 30 if the club is to use the growth slate and receive a 50 percent discount on the player’s gross salary.
Lukaku, who still has a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge, expressed a desire in his explosive interview in December to return to San Siro, but the Serie A side can only afford a loan.
The Italian giants are short of money, walking on the tightrope of Financial Fair Play and under pressure to make significant profits in the transfer window and cut wage bills.
Lukaku is reportedly willing to accept a 50 percent pay cut to facilitate a move to Italy.
Inter believe he would accept a salary comparable to the salary he earned before leaving Milan for London – around £6.4million net a year and about half of what he is currently paid at Chelsea.
Chelsea can negotiate contracts and takeovers after a series of sanctions imposed over Roman Abramovich’s property were lifted when the Russian oligarch sold the club to a consortium led by Todd Boehly last month.