Romelu Lukaku, a failure at Chelsea, appears certain to stay at Inter Milan for at least one more year.
According to rumors, Chelsea will try to sell Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan before his loan agreement at the San Siro expires in the summer. Lukaku was acquired by the Blues for a club-record sum last year, but after his arrival failed to have the intended effect at the top of the pitch, he was temporarily returned to Inter Milan in June.
Just months after signing a long-term contract with Chelsea, Lukaku stated a desire to return to the San Siro. He finally got his wish this past summer when Thomas Tuchel, a former manager of the Blues, decided he was no longer needed.
Due to a muscular ailment, the Belgian attacker has only been able to make three Serie A appearances this season, but it appears that he will have plenty of additional time to contribute to Inter Milan over the next years.
There is already an agreement in principle to prolong Lukaku’s loan arrangement for another season, but, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Inter Milan intends to start talks with Chelsea soon to sign him on a long-term basis.
According to reports, Chelsea has determined that selling Lukaku is the wisest course of action for all concerned. West Londoners are sure that the disappointment of last season was “too enormous to think about trying again.”
For the season-long loan of Lukaku from Chelsea, Inter Milan paid Chelsea about £7 million plus an additional £2.6 million in add-ons. The Italian club is eager to reach an agreement for the 2023–24 season that includes an option to purchase Lukaku.
They reportedly have a vehement desire to sign Lukaku to a long-term contract, although Chelsea is unlikely to recover anything close to the £97.5 million they paid for him less than a year ago.