The final word on whether or not to accept an offer from Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku will come from Inter owners Suning and not from the club’s directors.

This according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Biasin, who reported on his Twitter account that it will be the owners and not the club’s technical staff who decide on whether or not to go ahead with a deal for the Belgian.

Chelsea are pushing to finalize a deal for Lukaku, having had a first offer declined but in continual talks to make an offer which will convince the Nerazzurri to part ways with the 28-year-old.

That offer has not yet arrived, however, with the rejected offer of €100 million plus Marcos Alonso still all that is on the table, but the Blues are expect to up their offer soon.

The ownership have set a deadline, Biasin notes, after which point they will no longer negotiate with the English club, wanting to give themselves sufficient time to search for a replacement should Lukaku depart.

Biasin updates on the situation: “At the moment no raised offer has arrived from Chelsea for Lukaku. The offer remains firm at €100m + the contract of M. Alonso.

“Any possible raise will not be evaluated by the Inter executives, but considered by the Chinese ownership, who will make a decision on the matter.

“With a view to ‘eventually we need to find a replacement and time is running out,’ Inter is thinking of putting a time limit beyond when not to go.”