Romelu Lukaku is likely to spend a second season at Inter Milan amid claims Chelsea have come to a new agreement with the Italian giants.
Lukaku swapped Inter for Chelsea last summer, as the Blues paid a club-record £97.5million to capture him. However, after an underwhelming return to Stamford Bridge, Lukaku wanted out.
Lukaku is currently taking part in Inter’s pre-season camp. He has played in friendlies against Lugano and Monaco so far and will likely start when Inter face Lecce in their Serie A opener.
Lukaku’s move back to Inter includes no option to buy. Chelsea do not want to let him go on a permanent basis so soon after paying a huge fee to bring him to the club.
The Telegraph provide an update on talks between Chelsea and Inter. They claim the Blues will allow Lukaku to another campaign in Serie A, as long as Inter want him and his return there is a success.
The second loan spell would fall under similar terms to the current one. That means Chelsea would receive another loan fee.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are thought to be ‘confident’ about avoiding another saga when it comes to the goalscorer.
Chelsea attempting to solve Romelu Lukaku puzzle
He had a disagreement with Tuchel last season and also spoke about his desire to go back to Inter, while still on Chelsea’s books.
Chelsea do not have to pay any of his huge wages during his loan period. The west London outfit and Inter hope a permanent deal can be struck after two years.
Chelsea are likely to take a hit on Lukaku whenever they sell him. They paid a premium fee in 2021 following his 30-goal campaign.
However, two successful years back in Italy would see the Blues get a decent fee in return, should Inter opt for a permanent move.
Simone Inzaghi’s side appear to have 24 months to organise their finances and come up with the funds to land Lukaku.
In the mean time, the forward will look to get back to his best and reignite his great relationship with the Inter faithful.
This is probably the best outcome Chelsea can hope for. Tuchel prefers to use Kai Havertz up front, while Armando Broja is still in his squad – for now at least.
Lukaku is a world-class goalscorer but he doesn’t seem to enjoy playing for Chelsea as much as he does Inter, which affects his output and performances.
Tuchel and Chelsea now need to decide if Havertz is their long-term choice at striker. If not, and Tuchel wishes to utilise the German slightly deeper, then a Lukaku replacement needs to be brought in.
Meanwhile, Declan Rice has made an admission about his future, amid rumours of Chelsea and Manchester United interest.