Chelsea have finally got a deal in place for their star forward Romelu Lukaku who was unwillingly playing for the Blues from the past season. However, the agreement is done on terms on loan and the Blues will be happy to send Romelu Lukaku on loan back to the Italian club.
But it has eventually turned out to be a loss if we consider the overall transfer saga of the Belgium international from Chelsea to Inter.
Inter Milan have agreed to take Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on a season-long loan. The 29-year-old was acquired by the Blues from Inter in August 2021 for £97.5 million, but after struggling last year, he will rejoin the Serie A team. The loan fee for Lukaku is about 8m euros (£6.9m). Thus, the deal will see Lukaku leaving Stamford Bridge before the start of next season.
Last season, the international player from Belgium scored 15 goals for Chelsea in all competitions, including eight in 26 Premier League games. It is believed that Lukaku was willing to accept a pay reduction to re-join Inter, who won the Serie A championship in 2020–21 with him as their offensive leader.
Due to their precarious financial state, the Italian club was unable to match Lukaku’s salary or purchase the star player altogether. On the other hand, it was considered noteworthy that president Steven Zhang directly participated in the negotiations on Monday.
Back to Chelsea and now back to Inter: Romelu Lukaku a circular transfer saga
After leaving Chelsea in 2014 to sign with Everton for £28 million, Lukaku returned to the Stamford Bridge team last summer on a five-year agreement. And that too for a club-record price i.e. £97.5 million but unfortunately was unable to live up to the expectations.
However, he expressed regret for a season-long interview in which he expressed dissatisfaction. While he was also unhappy with his position under Thomas Tuchel’s leadership and wanted to return to Italy.
As Chelsea’s season waned, Lukaku only managed three goals in his remaining 15 top-flight appearances. While Liverpool defeated Tuchel’s team on penalties in both the FA Cup final and the League Cup final, Tuchel’s team finished third in the Premier League.
Last season, Inter came second in Serie A, two points behind city rivals AC Milan. Paulo Dybala, the forward of Juventus, is also being discussed. When his contract expires at the end of the month, the 28-year-old international from Argentina is expected to become a free agent.
Thus, it is a possibility that both Lukaku (on Loan) and Dybala could join Inter this summer.