Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, or his representatives, ‘told’ Inter Milan that he wants to return to the club, according to the Daily Star reporter Paul Brown.
Lukaku only joined the Blues last summer in a club-record £97.5million deal but looks set to make a remarkable turnaround after things quickly deteriorated under Thomas Tuchel.
What’s the latest news about Lukaku?
The 29-year-old struggled to carve out a place in Chelsea’s starting XI last season and openly admitted halfway through the campaign that he wanted to play for Inter again one day.
And Lukaku is getting closer and closer to making that wish come true, with Inter CEO Alessandro Antonello confirming that talks are underway over a potential deal.
“There is surely a great desire for the player to return, the economic and financial feasibility must be checked, and certain technical problems must be resolved”, says Antonello. “We will try to do it in the time necessary.”
transfer specialist fabrice romano also provided an update on Lukaku’s situation, saying Inter made an ‘opening offer’ on June 15.
Romano said the Nerazzurri had offered a €5million loan fee to take the 6ft3 sniper off Chelsea’s hands, which was refused by the capital club.
What did Brown say about Lukaku?
This is believed Inter are waiting to hear Chelsea’s price and talks will resume shortly.
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And Brown revealed the people at Lukaku had told the Italian giants his current club would ‘allow’ his return.
He told GiveMeSport: “Those close to Inter, shall we say, are very confident of his return. He seems to have told them, or his people told them, that he wants this to happen and that Chelsea will allow it to happen.
Should Chelsea allow Lukaku to leave?
Lukaku has presented himself as an elite-level striker throughout his career, registering 266 goals and 86 assists in 552 senior club appearances.
Throughout his two-year stint at Inter under Antonio Conte’s counter-attacking system, the Belgium international has taken his game to new heights, racking up a mind-boggling 80 goals in just 95 outings, propelling his side to the Serie A title.
However, Tuchel favors a just more patient, possession-based lateral approach, greatly reducing Lukaku’s threat and leaving his technical weaknesses exposed.
The club and the player might be better off parting ways, ending a relationship for the second time that failed to produce the sparks promised each time.