Inter will be able to apply the benefits of the Growth Decree to the wages of striker Romelu Lukaku until the end of the 2023-24 season.
This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who note that the Nerazzurri will go back to to having to pay 45% of the Belgian’s wages in taxes after that period, from 25% under the Growth Decree.
The fact that Lukaku is covered under the Growth Decree benefits is one of the major reasons why the 29-year-old’s improbable loan from Chelsea on loan during the summer was possible.
The Nerazzurri are paying around €8 million net to the striker in wages for the season, but thanks to the Growth Decree, the total gross amount including taxes is around €12 million, the same as the club are spending on the wages of Lautaro Martinez and Marcelo Brozovic for the campaign.
After the 2023-24 campaign, however, this will no longer be the case, as the taxes on Lukaku’s wages would go back to 45%.
Meanwhile, the Gazzetta report that, given how the fee that Chelsea paid Inter for Lukaku in 2021 has been amortized in their budget, the Blues would expect a fee of around €45 million from the Nerazzurri to buy him back permanently in 2024, to avoid taking a capital gains loss.