Chelsea football club could lose Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan on loan this summer barely 12 months after returning to the Premier League club for a transfer record fee of €113 million.
Certainly, Lukaku seems not to be a Chelsea kind of player no matter how he and the club tried to force a rewarding relationship. Chelsea first picked interest in him in 2011 and decided to pay €15 million to bring him from RSC Anderlecht to Chelsea on August 8, 2011.
Then, the idea was that Romelu Lukaku would be the replacement for Chelsea’s legendary striker Didier Drogba but the vision failed woefully as the Belgian striker failed to establish himself at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku left Chelsea first on loan in 2013 and then permanently in 2014. Eight years after, Chelsea decided to pay a club record for his services due to how he was banging in the goals at Inter Milan.
His second return to Chelsea has not been as promising as expected as he managed to score 15 goals and provided two assists in 44 games in all competitions.
Aside from Lukaku’s inconsistent performance, the 29-year-old Belgian striker publicly criticized the style of coach Thomas Tuchel, a development that didn’t please most of the club’s fans and the German coach.
Since then, his game time dropped as drastically as his form dropped making him more desperate to leave the club even though he still has until June 30, 2026, before his contract with the club expires.
How Romelu Lukaku intends to leave Chelsea for the second time in 9 years
Romelu Lukaku and his lawyers have been brainstorming on how he could return to Inter Milan this summer. The Italian club also met with the representatives of the Belgian striker recently to discuss the possibility of Lukaku’s return to Italy.
Based on recent reports, the meetings have yielded a huge result. Romelu Lukaku and Inter Milan have reportedly agreed on a season-long loan deal.
Futballnews gathered that Romelu Lukaku has agreed with Inter to earn over £6.3 million throughout the season which means that the Belgian striker accepted a pay cut of £3.9 million from the £10.2 million he earns at Chelsea per season.
As it stands, Lukaku’s legal representatives have less than 15 days’ ultimatum to convince Chelsea to accept the loan arrangement. If the deadline elapses and Chelsea fails to accept the offer, Lukaku would have to stay back at Stamford Bridge for the 2022-2023 season.