A rift has formed among key figures at Inter, with owners Suning and the Zhang family having been the driving force behind what now appears to be the imminent sale of Romelu Lukaku, while others have expressed doubt.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, which reports that Nerazzurri CEO Beppe Marotta and Sporting Director Piero Ausilio have been against allowing the Belgian to leave for Chelsea.

The departure of Lukaku now looks to be close at hand, with Inter ready to accept a substantial offer from Chelsea and the striker willing to join the English club, but the decision to get to this point has not been unanimous.

Marotta and Ausilio consider Lukaku to be too important to lose and believe that his sale is unnecessary and that they can find revenue in the transfer market through other sales.

Meanwhile, after the size of Chelsea’s most recent offer, the ownership are determined to see the immediate cash injection that would come from selling to the English club, with 6% of the total sale owed to former club Manchester United as a sell-on fee, 5% going to other teams as solidarity payments, and the rest of the substantial sum straight into the club’s coffers.