Romelu Lukaku wants to return to Inter Milan if the club agree to a deal with Chelsea.
Inter cannot afford to sign Lukaku on a permanent deal, and the final decision on his future rests with Chelsea’s new owners.
Lukaku’s lawyer will meet with Inter on Tuesday to inquire about the feasibility of a possible return to Serie A, according to Sky Italia.
The 29-year-old moved to Chelsea for £97.5m last summer and admitted his desire to return to Inter in the future in a controversial interview with sky in italy last December.
Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta has said the club is “in no rush” about Lukaku’s potential return but remains keen to re-sign him this summer.
However, they will struggle to offer Chelsea anything close to the fee they got from them for the Belgian striker last summer.
Lukaku has failed to justify his exorbitant price tag this season, as he struggled to get match time under Thomas Tuchel despite ending the season as the team’s top scorer with 15 goals.
Inter are in the market for a striker this summer and Marotta said he “hopes” Paulo Dybala will sign them after leaving Juventus when his contract expires.
What positions are Chelsea targeting?
Melissa Reddy, Sky Sports News Senior Correspondent:
Chelsea are pressing ahead with their summer recruitment plans now that the Todd Buehli-led consortium’s takeover of the club led by Todd Buehli has been completed.
The Blues already have a verbal agreement with Sevilla defender Jules Conde, with the Spanish club favoring a quick deal as they aim to balance their books before June 30.
Talks about a deal for Conde collapsed last year, but there is optimism on all sides that it will be done this time around.
Part of a shortlist of central defensive options, Presnel Kimpembe of Paris Saint-Germain is a favorite of Thomas Tuchel. Jose Gimenez of Atletico Madrid and Josco Gvardiol of RB Leipzig are also among the players being looked at.
Chelsea are like Monaco midfielder Aurelien Chuamini but the expectations are that he will end up at Real Madrid. Eindhoven’s Ibrahim Sanjari is among the alternatives that have been revealed.
What should Chelsea do this summer?
Sky Sports football journalist Joe Shred:
Given that Chelsea were crowned European champions just 12 months ago, it may come as a surprise to hear Thomas Tuchel speak of the need to “rebuild” this summer, as he did after his side ended their season with a home win over Watford. But that victory in the Champions League in 2021 came suddenly – Chelsea finished fourth in the Premier League that year – and this grueling campaign exposed the problems plaguing the coach’s side.
While Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were able to build teams to meet their specific demands, Tuchel had to put together a group of players signed by six different coaches. With Todd Boyle now in charge, it’s time to support Tuchel and allow him to build his own team capable of launching a title challenge for the first time since 2017.
He should start working in defence, as Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have to be replaced with excellent full-backs. It may also be time to replace Cesar Azpilicueta – a Chelsea legend but now 32 and said to be keen to return to Spain – with a more dynamic right-back. The Blues’ reliance on Marcos Alonso – following Ben Chilwell’s injury – has cost them this season, and the left-back is also said to be eager to return to Spain, and a replacement signing should be on their to-do list.
In midfield, decisions must be made on the futures of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, who are in their 30s with only a year left on their contracts. Chelsea can’t let them go down the same road as Rudiger and Christensen and leave for free, so they must decide whether to offer them new deals this summer or let them go for a fee. Even if Kante stays, a smaller option in the French mold has to be sought due to the amount of time it hasn’t been available in recent seasons.
Attacking is the area of the Chelsea side that has received the most investment in modern windows, but the Blues should not be put off from seeking to enhance their goal-scoring options if they present a chance. The last player to score 20 goals in a season for the club was Eden Hazard, and he left three years ago, so there is clearly room for improvement in this area.
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