Romelu Lukaku is set to join Inter on loan once again, having had only a disappointing season at Chelsea. After leaving Inter last summer to join Chelsea for a then-record EUR 115m transfer fee, Romelu Lukaku is pushing to return to Inter on loan himself, with him personally speaking with the English side’s new owners about making that happen.
It would make a nice birthday present to coach Simone Inzaghi, as Romelu Lukaku was the man who convinced him to leave Lazio and take Inter’s offer of replacing Antonio Conte last year. It has emerged in Italy that Romelu Lukaku took the initiative to force his way back into Inter, overcoming even his agent, Federico Pastorello, to take a call with manager Simone Inzaghi more than two months ago. Indeed, Inter Milan was seemingly in Romelu Lukaku’s head; Lukaku did not score a goal for the whole month of April and over a month after calling Inzaghi.
The two clubs were nearing a deal, with Inter increasing the original loan fee from PS 6m to PS 8.5m, adding extras. Inter captain Samir Handanovic has extended his contract with the club through summer 2023 and will retain his role for the coming season. At the same time, Inter still has to consider its financial balance, and because of that, one of last season’s best players is likely to leave Inter this summer.
Inzaghi was appointed a year ago, following Antonio Conte’s decision to leave Inter Milan after the 2020-21 season, which won the league. Denzel Dumfries has drawn interest from some European clubs, including Chelsea, with his future possibly linked to Romelu Lukaku, according to a report in the Gazzetta Dello Sport.
Chelsea has opted to release their record acquisition after he failed to adjust to Thomas Tuchel’s methodology. Tuchel has a rocky relationship with Lukaku, who wants to recreate his assault and has urged for a return to Inter since the season’s conclusion. Following discussions with Tuchel and Lukaku, Chelsea’s new co-owner Todd Boehly opted to approve the transfer. Boehly supports Tuchel on football concerns and sees no need to preserve a dissatisfied player at the club.
Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta reportedly stated that the club is in contact with Chelsea attacker Romelu Lukaku and Juventus striker Paolo Dybala. Inter Milan has agreed to terms with Roma midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ajax keeper Andre Onana.
According to Italian media, the 46-year- old’s income has increased from one million euros to five million euros. Despite failing to ensure their Serie A title, which also was won by city rivals AC Milan following a dramatic title fight that went down to the last day of the campaign, Inter is demonstrating trust in Inzaghi.