Romelu Lukaku ‘was moved to tears’ when Inter Milan sealed loan deal with Chelsea
Romelu Lukaku was ‘moved to tears’ when Inter Milan sealed a loan deal with Chelsea, while the Belgian striker ‘agreed a 35 per cent cut in wages on a £325,000 a week wage’ to let the dream return to the San Siro. ..when it’s Blues turn, their attention is on Raheem Sterling’s chase
- Romelu Lukaku was delighted when Inter Milan sealed a lease with Chelsea
- They are paying the Blues £7million plus extras to take the Belgian striker for next season
- Lukaku has agreed on a substantial pay cut to push through his return to San Siro
- It comes just a year after he joined Chelsea for a club record £97.5million
Romelu Lukaku was reportedly moved to tears when Inter Milan reached a deal with Chelsea on a season-long loan that will fulfill his wish to return to the San Siro.
Inter will pay Chelsea a loan of £7million plus extras, with Lukaku reportedly taking a 35 per cent pay cut on his £325,000 a week wage at Stamford Bridge, bringing the figure to around £210,000.
The Belgian striker, 29, will return to Inter for just a year after leaving Chelsea for a second stint on a club-record deal worth £97.5 million.
Romelu Lukaku was ‘moved to tears’ after his transfer to Inter Milan was agreed on Tuesday
The Belgian striker was eager to leave Chelsea after a disappointing first season there
It follows a very disappointing first season in which he scored just 15 goals in 44 games and disrupted the club’s campaign by giving a televised interview in December criticizing manager Thomas Tuchel.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport report that Lukaku became emotional when he was informed on Tuesday by his lawyer Sebastien Ledure that a breakthrough had been reached in the negotiations between Chelsea and Inter.
It came after talks stalled on Monday when Inter President Steven Zhang attempted to restructure the deal. But Lukaku will receive a medical check-up at Inter next week to confirm the move.
Lukaku has a contract until 2026 at Stamford Bridge, but his desire to return to Inter has been apparent since his infamous Sky Italia interview.
Lukaku had shaken the boat after criticizing manager Thomas Tuchel in an interview in December
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was keen to wrap up Lukaku’s exit to focus on new signings
It was also revealed this week in Italy that Lukaku was setting the wheels for his return to Inter by calling manager Simone Inzaghi on his birthday in April and asking: ‘Sir, what do I have to do to come back?’
The talk came the day before Chelsea played a crisp Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid, in which Lukaku missed a good chance to score, only to find it just over a month later.
Chelsea’s new owner Todd Boehly wanted the Lukaku deal to be finalized soon so the club can focus on pursuing summer goals, which include Manchester City and England winger Raheem Sterling.
Manchester City and England striker Raheem Sterling is high on Chelsea’s wish list
They also want a deal for Sterling to close as soon as possible so that he can have a full pre-season with Tuchel and his new team-mates.
Lukaku enjoyed two successful seasons with Inter between 2019 and 2021, scoring 64 times in 95 appearances and winning the league title in 2020-21.