The formula of a loan deal for Romelu Lukaku to leave Chelsea for an Inter Milan return have been revealed by an Italian reporter, writes the TeamTalk.
Inter Milan appear to be the main suitors to take Lukaku away from Chelsea this summer, one year after they sold him there. The centre-forward was prolific in two seasons in Serie A, but hasn’t justified his near-£100m price tag back in the Premier League.
From his first season back at Chelsea, Lukaku scored 15 goals from 44 games. It was half the tally he managed for Inter the season before, when he helped them win the Scudetto.
Now Todd Boehly has completed his takeover of Chelsea, they are able to get active in the transfer market again. Within their summer plans could be the replacement of Lukaku with someone more suitable to Thomas Tuchel’s system.
However, Chelsea could struggle to recoup the fee they spent for the 29-year-old. Besides, the only reason Inter sold him in the first place was because of their financial difficulties.
Therefore, they will have to be clever in how they approach a return for Lukaku. Now, some details of the potential terms of the transfer have been outlined.
According to SportItalia journalist Rudy Galetti, Inter would be taking Lukaku back on loan with an option to buy.
They would pay a fee in the region of €15 million (around £12.8m) for the privilege of the loan deal. Then, the purchase clause would be between €50m and €60m (£42.5m-£51m).
In terms of Lukaku’s salary, he would be offered €7m net per season. At current exchange rates, that equates to around £115,000 per week. It would be a wage-cut of around half for Lukaku.
As also reported elsewhere, Inter would like clarity – one way or the other – by the end of June. Galetti confirms the deal is “still difficult” but both clubs are working on it.
At this stage of his career, Lukaku should be trying to find a place he is happier. He has confessed Tuchel’s tactics are not ideal for his style.
In contrast, he was a star man at Inter. While they have since changed coaches, Simone Inzaghi uses a similar formation to Antonio Conte’s, which Lukaku thrived in.
The fact he could cut his salary in half signifies his interest in a return to Inter. It would be an emotional transfer for him if it was to work out.
That said, a better season ahead with Chelsea cannot be ruled out for a player of his quality. But if his preference is to play for Inter, he ought to explore that route.
Inter conceded their Serie A crown narrowly to AC Milan this season. Adding Lukaku again could put them back on top in what will be a competitive 2022-23.