Inter Milan deliver Romelu Lukaku update as Chelsea sanctions transfer | Soccer

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is desperate to return to Inter Milan

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is desperate to return to Inter Milan (Image: Getty)

This was confirmed by Inter Milan CEO Alessandro Antonello Romelu Lukaku wants to return to the Italian club this summer and is hoping for a deal with Chelsea.

Chelsea spent almost £100million to sign the Belgium striker from Inter last summer, but Lukaku is looking to return to the Serie A side after his troubles at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku was supposed to be in contention for the Golden Boot in the 2021-22 season but ended the campaign with just eight goals.

The 29-year-old admitted during the season he felt he had unfinished business at Inter Milan and was less than happy with his role under Blues boss Thomas Tuchel.

According to recent reports, new owners of Tuchel and Chelsea have agreed to sell Lukaku but it remains to be seen if Inter Milan can reach an agreement with the Premier League.

Asked about Lukaku’s future, Inter Milan boss Antonello said on Thursday: “Surely there is a great desire of the player to return, the economic-financial feasibility has to be checked and some technical issues have to be solved.

“Until June 30th? We’ll try to do it in the right time frame.’

Alessandro Antonello, CEO of Inter Milan

Inter Milan CEO Alessandro Antonello (Image: Getty)

Inter Milan are also in talks to sign Argentina striker Paulo Dybala, who will be a free agent when his contract with Juventus expires at the end of the month.

Dybala, 28, has scored 115 goals in 293 appearances for Juventus and helped the Italian giants win five Serie A titles and reach the Champions League final in 2017.

Inter’s Antonello added: “It is fundamental to combine competitiveness on the pitch and economic-financial sustainability.

“This is the work we do, any decisions the club will make in the market will always be inspired by these words.

“We want to be competitive on the pitch, but on the other hand we also have to respect the stakes UEFA is placing on financial fair play during this transition period to the new rules.

Lukaku struggled last season, scoring just eight Premier League goals (Image: Getty)

“Everything is feasible, but with great consideration of economic and financial sustainability.”

Meanwhile, former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has urged Chelsea to “get rid of” Lukaku following the Belgian’s struggles in west London.

“It’s interesting that they loan him out and charge a £20m loan fee because it means they can keep him on their balance sheet and still charge money for him,” he said talkSPORT.

“If he costs £97.5m, the player loses £20m a year in value. So if Chelsea can keep him on their balance sheet and loan him out and get £20m for him, they are indeed making a cash transaction that makes financial sense.

“Obviously if he moves to Inter Milan, where a lot of people say it’s a lot easier to score goals in a league, they could find themselves in a situation where Inter have cleared their decks, because don’t forget the reason for that Antonio Conte left the company because they were out of cash and wanted to capitalize on the sales.

“Then in 18 months or a year Inter could be in a better position and Chelsea could challenge Lukaku for £70m or £80m and they will actually make money on a transaction.

“So from a football point of view, if Tuchel doesn’t want him, it’s a no-brainer, he has to go.

“From a financial perspective, this deal is a no-brainer. Ultimately they get their money back from Inter for what they paid for the player. All of these things make sense if the player doesn’t get into the head.

Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season and will start the 2022-23 season on August 6 with a trip to Goodison Park to face Everton.

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