Lukaku can only leave Chelsea on LOAN with a 'normalised salary'

Romelu Lukaku ‘can only leave Chelsea on LOAN with a “normalised salary” largely funded by the club’ – with any return to Inter Milan currently ‘tangled by change in ownership at Stamford Bridge and a potential change in his agent’

  • Inter Milan are interested in re-signing striker Romelu Lukaku in a loan deal
  • The Belgian has failed to adjust at Chelsea since his £97.5 million move
  • The Nerazzurri hope Chelsea will reach agreement to fund a ‘normalised salary’ 
  • Lukaku’s £325k-a-week contract is a massive hurdle in completing a loan move 
  • The 29-year-old is expected to split from his agent at the end of the month 

Inter Milan are exploring the option of bringing Romelu Lukaku back to the San Siro in a summer loan deal – but the Belgian would only be able to join with a ‘normalised salary’ funded by Chelsea.

Since his £97.5million move from Inter, Lukaku has struggled to assimilate to Thomas Tuchel’s tactical set-up at Chelsea and has found himself on the periphery of the squad in recent months.

And according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, both Lukaku and Milan are hoping for a summer reunion in the form of a loan move largely funded by his current club. 

Romelu Lukaku is hoping to return to Inter Milan after struggling to adjust to life at Chelsea

Inter’s chiefs met last week to discuss their transfer targets ahead of the summer window – with Lukaku’s name appearing as a potential attacking option.

Despite the Belgian’s desire to return to Italy, Lukaku would only be able to re-join Inter on a loan basis – with the Nerazzurri needing Chelsea to agree on a ‘normalised salary’ for the striker.

Lukaku’s current salary of £325k-a-week, accumulating to £16.9million a year, is a massive hurdle in orchestrating a deal with Inter – who’s financial situation would not allow them to meet those figures.

The change of ownership at Stamford Bridge could also lead to substantial changes in the situation, with Marina Granovskaia looking set to receive a mandate over the Blues until September.

The Belgian striker won the 2020/21 Serie A title during his tenure with the Italian side

Talks of a potential summer move have been bolstered by reports that the 29-year-old is set to part ways with his current agent at the end of the month.

The Belgian international will cut ties with Federico Pastorello, the man who masterminded his initial move to Milan and then to Stamford Bridge, turn to lawyer Sebastien Ledure, who is said to be in negotiations with Inter’s director over a potential return for Lukaku.

The 29-year-old has not hidden his desire to play for the Nerazzurri again and was briefly ostracised from the Chelsea squad in January after publicly stating he wanted to a return to Italy.

Lukaku is expected to part ways with former agent Federico Pastorello at the end of the month

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