Chelsea tell Romelu Lukaku he can join Inter on loan if finances are good | chelsea
Chelsea have told Romelu Lukaku he will be allowed to join Internazionale on loan if the deal makes sense financially.
Lukaku is desperate to return to Inter after falling out of favor at Chelsea, who broke their transfer record by buying the striker for £97.5million last summer, and all parties want the transfer materializes.
Thomas Tuchel has no intention of getting in the Belgian’s way and talks between the clubs are ongoing.
New Chelsea owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital have made it clear to Lukaku that they are ready to find a solution with Inter.
Lukaku was disappointing last season and doesn’t seem suited to Tuchel’s system. Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, the co-founder of Clearlake, will be guided by Tuchel on football matters and have taken into account their manager’s views on the 29-year-old striker.
However, a significant amount of work needs to be done if Lukaku, whose lawyer has been in contact with Inter, is to leave. Inter cannot afford to sign him permanently and Chelsea, who could join the race to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, could demand up to £25m in loan fees. They will also want the Italian club to cover a large part of the former Manchester United player’s £325,000 weekly wage.
It might be difficult for Inter to meet these demands given that financial problems forced them to sell Lukaku last year. They are trying to sign Paulo Dybala, with the Argentine striker set to leave Juventus on a free transfer but could lose more key players. Tottenham want to bolster their defense by signing Alessandro Bastoni and have targeted Italian international Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar, who has been linked with Chelsea. Inter could also receive offers for their striker Lautaro Martínez.
Lukaku enjoyed a hugely productive relationship with Martínez when Inter won Serie A two seasons ago. This convinced Chelsea to bring him back last year, but the decision quickly turned sour. Lukaku has scored just 15 goals in all competitions and he has created unnecessary controversy after questioning Tuchel’s tactics and speaking about his desire to return to Inter in an unauthorized interview with Sky Italia. last winter.
Chelsea will make significant funds available to Tuchel to bolster their attack. Jesus, who wants to leave Manchester City after signing Erling Haaland, is on Chelsea’s shortlist. The Brazilian striker’s contract expires next year and City want £45-50million for the 25-year-old. Arsenal and Spurs are also trying to sign him.
Chelsea have also shortlisted Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig, Raheem Sterling from City and Ousmane Dembélé from Barcelona, who is available for free. They will listen to offers from Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic.
Boehly is in London this week and has held talks with Tuchel over transfer plans. Chelsea need reinforcements in defense after losing Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen. César Azpilicueta could join Barcelona and Marcos Alonso has said he wants to leave Chelsea, who are pushing to sign Jules Koundé from Sevilla. They are also targeting RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol, Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt, Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Atlético Madrid’s José Giménez.
Boehly and Eghbali will represent Chelsea at the Premier League’s annual meeting on Thursday. It has not been confirmed whether Bruce Buck, Chelsea chairman under Abramovich, and manager Marina Granovskaia have a long-term future at the club.