Romelu Lukaku wants to return to Inter Milan if the club reach an agreement with Chelsea.
Inter cannot afford to sign Lukaku permanently and the final decision on his future will rest with the new Chelsea owners.
Lukaku’s lawyer will meet with Inter on Tuesday to ask about the possibility of a return to Serie A, according to Sky in Italy.
The 29-year-old moved to Chelsea for £97.5m last summer and admitted his desire to return to Inter in the future in a controversial interview with Sky in Italy last December.
Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said the club are “in no hurry” over Lukaku’s potential return but remain interested in re-signing him this summer.
However, they will struggle to offer Chelsea anything close to the fee they received from them for the Belgian striker last summer.
Lukaku has been unable to justify his hefty price tag this season, struggling for game time under Thomas Tuchel despite finishing the season as the club’s top scorer with 15 goals.
Inter are in the market for a striker this summer and Marotta said he “hopes” Paulo Dybala will sign them after leaving Juventus at the end of his contract.
What positions are Chelsea targeting?
Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy:
Chelsea are now pushing ahead with their summer signings as a £4.25billion takeover of the Todd Boehly-led club is complete.
The Blues already have a verbal agreement with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, with the Spanish club preferring a quick deal as they aim to equalize their books by June 30.
Negotiations over a deal for Kounde collapsed last year but there is optimism from all sides that it will be done this time around.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe is on the shortlist of central defense options and is Thomas Tuchel’s favorite. Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez and RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol are also among those being interested.
Chelsea like Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni but expect him to end up at Real Madrid. PSV’s Ibrahim Sangare was one of the scouted alternatives.
What must Chelsea do this summer?
Sky Sports football journalist Joe Shrad:
With Chelsea crowned European champions just 12 months ago, it may come as a surprise to hear Thomas Tuchel talk about the need for a “reconstruction” this summer, as he did after his side ended the season with a home win over Watford. But the 2021 Champions League didn’t come up – Chelsea finished fourth in the Premier League that year – and the arduous campaign has exposed problems in the head coach’s squad.
While Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were able to build squads to meet their specific needs, Tuchel had to assemble a group of players signed by six different managers. With Todd Boehly now at the helm, it’s time to return to Tuchel and allow him to build his own squad capable of launching a title challenge for the first time since 2017.
The work must begin in defence, where the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen must be replaced by two quality centre-backs. It may well be time to replace Cesar Azpilicueta – a Chelsea legend who is now 32 years old and is said to want to return to Spain – with a more dynamic right-back. The Blues’ reliance on Marcos Alonso – following a Ben Chilwell injury – has cost them this season and with the left-back also keen to return to Spain, signing a replacement should be within to-do list.
In midfield, decisions need to be made about the futures of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, who are in their 30s and have just one year left on their contracts. Chelsea cannot allow them to follow the same path as Rudiger and Christensen and leave for free, so must decide whether to offer new contracts this summer or let them go for a fee. Even if Kante stays, a younger option in the Frenchman’s framework should be sought after he has been absent in recent seasons.
Offensive has been the area where Chelsea have received the most investment in recent windows, but the Blues should not stop looking to strengthen their scoring options if given the opportunity. The last player to score 20 goals in a season for the club was Eden Hazard, and he left three years ago, so clearly there is still room for improvement in that area.