Inter’s decision to cash in on striker Romelu Lukaku could prove to be short-sighted, despite their economic woes, according to Italian journalist Marco Bellinazzo.
The Belgium international is on the verge of completing a move back to former club Chelsea in a deal reportedly to be worth in excess of €110 million, but Bellinazzo questioned the decision in a feature for Il Sole 24 Ore.
Bellinazzo argued that whilst the sale of Lukaku would bring in significant revenue, securing such funding was not a necessity for Inter and the club could live to regret offloading their talismanic striker, who was top scorer in all competitions last season.
“What should be noted is that the transfer of the striker does not depend, albeit in a difficult context of revision of the strategic plan, on financial urgencies of the club nor of the owners,” Bellinazzo argued.
Lukaku joined Inter from Premier League club Manchester United in 2019 and has scored 64 goals in just 95 appearances for the Nerazzurri, helping them to the Europa League Final in his maiden season.
This was followed up by a pivotal role in last term’s Scudetto success, as he netted 24 league goals to fire Inter to a first Serie A title since 2010.