Inter Milan to sign Belgium striker from Chelsea

By Piyush


Italian club Inter Milan have concurred a deal to sign striker Romelu Lukaku on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

Chelsea signed Lukaku, 29, from Inter for £97.5m in August 2021, however he will return to the Serie A side having grappled last season.

The loan fee for Lukaku is about €8 million (£6.9m).

The Belgium international scored 15 goals in all tournaments for Chelsea last season, with 8 in 26 Premier League appearances.

It is acknowledged Lukaku was willing to take a pay cut to unite with Inter, who triumphed the Serie A title in 2020-21 with him leading their attack.

The Italian club’s financial situation meant it was not possible for them to match Lukaku’s wages or buy him.

Nevertheless, President Steven Zhang got involved personally in the negotiations, which was viewed as crucial.

Lukaku, who left Chelsea to unite with Everton for £28m in 2014, came back to the Stamford Bridge side last summer on a 5-year contract for a club-record fee.

But, he apologised for an interview during the season where he stated he was unhappy with his role under Chelsea’s manager Thomas Tuchel and wanted to return to the Italian club in the near future.

Lukaku scored only 3 times in his final 15 top-flight outings of the season as Chelsea’s season broke down.

Tuchel’s side concluded 3rd in the Premier League, whilst they were defeated by Liverpool on penalties in both the FA Cup and League Cup finals.

Inter finished second in Serie A last season, 2 points behind AC Milan.


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