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Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku on loan back to Inter Milan: Report


According to reports, Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will rejoin Inter Milan on a one-year loan deal after a disappointing spell with the Premier League club. Inter are said to have negotiated a loan fee of 8 million euros ($8.4 million) to sign Lukaku, who is said to have agreed to a pay cut in order to leave Stamford Bridge. The Belgian joined Chelsea in a club-record £97.5m deal before the start of last season, claiming the transfer was an emotional return home after he played for club from 2011 to 2014. But, after scoring four goals in his first four appearances. , the 29-year-old’s second spell with Chelsea quickly became difficult.

Lukaku has finished this season as Chelsea’s top scorer with 15 goals, but the former Manchester United and Everton man has scored just eight in the league.

He has only scored three goals in his last 15 games having failed to pay his huge transfer fee.

In a controversial interview with Italian television in December, Lukaku admitted he was unhappy with the way Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was used and hinted he was thinking of leaving.

Lukaku, who won the Serie A title with Inter in 2021, was dropped by Tuchel shortly after his explosive outing and was forced to apologize to Chelsea and the club’s fans in January.

Tuchel’s side finished third in the Premier League and won the Club World Cup, but they were beaten by Liverpool in both 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 put an immediate stamp on his tenure by giving the green light to the star’s departure.

Once Lukaku’s move is officially complete, the Blues will be able to turn their attention to finding a replacement, as well as strengthening other areas of the squad.

Chelsea are very interested in Robert Lewandowski despite the Polish striker’s desire to leave Bayern Munich for Barcelona.

Barcelona’s financial problems could open the door for Chelsea in Lewandowski’s volatile situation.

But Lukaku’s impending departure could lead Tuchel towards a more flexible approach without a clear-cut striker.

Chelsea are keen on Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, with the England striker poised to leave the Premier League champions with just one year left on his contract.

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Tuchel is also hoping to complete the signing of Sevilla’s French defender Jules Kounde.

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