According to reports, Romelu Lukaku is on the verge of returning to Inter Milan after only a season at Chelsea.
Lukaku, who has fallen out of favor at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel, previously expressed his desire to return to his old club in a tumultuous interview with Sky Sports in Italy last December. Inter will meet with the striker’s lawyer on Tuesday, according to Sky Sports, to discuss a possible return to Serie A.
Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta stated that the club is interested in re-signing him, but that they are “not in a hurry.” Last summer, the 29-year-old returned to Chelsea for a club-record £97.5 million fee.
As a result, the move back to West London was a disaster, with the Belgian scoring only eight goals in 26 Premier League appearances. Chelsea could sell the striker for a fraction of what Inter paid for him if he eventually leaves.
Chelsea can now operate normally ahead of the summer transfer window, thanks to the completion of the £4.25 billion club takeover from Todd Boehly’s consortium, allowing them to finalize their verbal agreement with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
Following the takeover, head coach Tuchel is expected to rebuild the squad at Stamford Bridge. He outlined what he expects from potential targets in a speech at the end of the season.
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Under Thomas Tuchel’s management at Stamford Bridge, Lukaku has fallen out of favor.
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At the end of the season, he said, “We have clear ideas for the profiles and characteristics of these players [Chelsea] want.” “It’s not as if you put a player’s name on a list and then they show up.
“You have to persuade the player, speak to other clubs, and convince yourself that this is the player, so there is usually a lot of work, and it will be the same next season to be competitive, while everyone else tries to close the gap to us, while the two top teams are what they are,” he said. Consistency as a benchmark This is the situation, and we will do everything we can to stay competitive because that is what we want to be.”
Tuchel’s side came up short in both the FA and Carabao Cup finals this season, losing to Liverpool in both. Despite finishing in the top three in the Premier League, Chelsea trailed Liverpool by 18 points. While competing side by side with their rivals is one of their goals for next season, they may just have to do so without their striker, Lukaku.