Inter Milan are aiming to sign Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea on loan initially but with a purchase obligation.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, via FCInterNews.

To date, Inter have had every one of their entreaties to Chelsea for Lukaku rejected.

This is because the Nerazzurri have only been willing to put forward loan offers so far. Chelsea, on the other hand, have made it clear that they would only want to sell the Belgian on a permanent basis.

However, Inter are starting to prepare a different kind of bid. The Nerazzurri still want to sign Lukaku on an initial loan deal.

However, this time around Inter’s offer will also include a mandatory obligation to sign the striker on a permanent basis when the loan deal expires next summer.

That way, Inter can spread out the payment for the 30-year-old and not commit too much to this summer when they are already financially somewhat stretched, but at the same time Chelsea can be guaranteed of a fee of a certain size and not have to deal with the player next summer.

Inter’s plan, the Corriere della Sera report, is to offer Chelsea a loan deal containing a €30 million purchase obligation.

Inter Milan To Make Sales To Fund Move For Chelsea Striker Romelu Lukaku

Inter are already close to making the first of the sales that they’ll need to in order to sign Lukaku.

Samuele Mulattieri should head to Sassuolo in a deal worth around €7-8 million.

Meanwhile, a fee of around €18 million from Marcelo Brozovic going to Al-Nassr should further give the Nerazzurri the resources to finally hammer out a deal for Lukaku.

Then, there’s goalkeeper Andre Onana.

Inter are well aware of the interest of Manchester United in signing the Cameroonian. If the Nerazzurri do sell Onana, it will be for a fee of around €50-60 million.

Should this go ahead, it will mean that Inter can immediately move to sign Lukaku from Chelsea as well as doing other transfer business.