Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will return to Inter Milan on a one-year mortgage deal after a disappointing spell with the Premier League membership, it was reported on Tuesday.
Inter have reportedly negotiated an eight million euro ($8.4 million) mortgage charge to signal Lukaku, who has reportedly agreed to a wage minimize to depart Stamford Bridge.
The Belgian joined Chelsea in a club-scored £97.5m deal earlier than the beginning of final season, claiming the transfer was an emotional return house after enjoying for the membership from 2011 to 2014.
However after scoring 4 targets in his first 4 video games, the 29-year-old’s second spell with Chelsea rapidly faltered.
Lukaku completed the present season as Chelsea’s high scorer with 15 targets, however the former Manchester United and Everton participant scored solely eight targets within the league.
He scored solely thrice in his final 15 league video games the place he didn’t pay the hefty switch charge.
A controversial interview surfaced on Italian tv in December, wherein Lukaku admitted he was sad with the way in which Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel used it and hinted he was already contemplating leaving.
Lukaku, who received the Serie A title with Inter in 2021, was briefly introduced down by Tuchel after his outburst and needed to apologize to Chelsea and the membership’s followers in January.
Tuchel’s facet completed third within the Premier League and received the Membership World Cup, however misplaced to Liverpool in each the FA Cup and League Cup finals.
Lukaku is believed to have pushed for a return to Inter, and new Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has on the spot stamped his tenure by green-lighting the star’s exit.
As soon as Lukaku’s transfer is formally accomplished, the Blues will be capable of divert consideration to searching for a substitute, in addition to reinforcement in different areas of the crew.
Chelsea are eager on Robert Lewandowski regardless of the Polish striker’s need to depart Bayern Munich for Barcelona.
Barcelona’s monetary points could open the door for Chelsea to pounce on Lewandowski’s precarious scenario.
However Lukaku’s impending departure may steer Tuchel towards a extra versatile strategy with out a clear striker.
Chelsea are displaying enormous curiosity in Manchester Metropolis winger Raheem Sterling, with the England striker open to leaving the Premier League champions with only one yr left on his contract.
Tuchel additionally hopes to finish the signing of French defender Sevilla, Jules Conde.
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