A return for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter this summer is increasingly becoming a real possibility.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, who report that the Belgian could make the switch on loan during the summer transfer window.
Lukaku has made clear his desire to return to the Nerazzurri in communications with former teammates and club directors, with his time at Chelsea not having worked out for him so far on the pitch.
It remains to be seen what the Premier League club’s new owners decide to do with the 28-year-old, but he does not have a good relationship with Blues coach Thomas Tuchel and has not been in good form, frequently being left out of the starting eleven.
Should whoever buys the club from Roman Abramovich decide that it would be best to cut ties with the striker, Inter could move for him.
From considering the move to be all but impossible, the Nerazzurri are increasingly convinced that it could be made to be feasible.
Lukaku would have to lower his wages from the €12.5 million net per season that he earns at Chelsea to an absolute maximum of €8-9 million net per season.
Meanwhile, the Nerazzurri will have to trim their wage bill with the departures of Matias Vecino, Aleksandar Kolarov, Arturo Vidal, and Alexis Sanchez in addition to offloading some fringe players.
It also remains to be seen how this potential move would relate to Inter’s pursuit of Paulo Dybala on a free transfer.
If things line up, however, the Nerazzurri would now seriously consider the move, while Chelsea could decide to sanction a departure on a paid loan and the player’s desire is clear.