Romelu Lukaku set for Inter Milan loan return


Romelu Lukaku will return to Inter Milan on a one-year loan, according to the PA news agency.

The Inter chiefs are believed to have agreed an €8million loan fee with the Blues, with Lukaku reportedly taking a pay cut to leave Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium striker only joined Chelsea in a club-record £98million deal last summer, but a number of controversies have strained relations with the Blues.

Lukaku only returned to Stamford Bridge from Inter last summer (John Walton/PA)

Chelsea’s new co-owner Todd Boehly marked his tenure immediately by giving the green light for Lukaku’s return to Inter.

US tycoon Boehly has backed manager Thomas Tuchel over the decision to let Lukaku return to Italy.

And once the 29-year-old’s return to Inter is officially complete, the Blues can turn their attention to wider transfer business.

Chelsea will be looking for a replacement, with the club remaining committed to Robert Lewandowski despite the Polish hitman’s desire to swap Bayern Munich for Barcelona.

Chelsea F.C. Stock PhotoTodd Boehly has given the green light to the deal (Adam Davy/PA)

Catalan giants Barcelona’s ongoing financial problems could still open the door for Chelsea to pounce on Lewandowski’s volatile situation.

Lukaku’s impending departure could still steer manager Tuchel towards a more fluid approach without a clearly focused striker.

Chelsea are keen on Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, with the England striker set to leave the Etihad Stadium with just one year left on his contract.

Chelsea’s next task after sorting out the Lukaku situation may well be to complete the long-talked-about transfer of Jules Kounde from Sevilla.

The French defender has made it clear for a few months that he is ready for the switch from Stamford Bridge, but both clubs will have to pay a fee.

Robert Lewandowski is a name linked with the Blues (Rafal Oleksiewicz/PA)

Lukaku might have finished this season as Chelsea’s top scorer with 15 goals, but the highly experienced Belgian striker fell short.

A disastrous interview with Italian TV in December led to an apology to Chelsea and club fans in early January after he revealed his displeasure in west London.

Despite several glimpses of best form never materializing, a move away now seems to suit all parties.

Lukaku is believed to have finally pushed for a return to Inter, and Chelsea’s new supremo Boehly opted to clear things up by granting the switch.


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