Club CEO says they've signed a striker almost as good as Lukaku for free

'There isn't much difference': Club CEO says they've signed a striker almost as good as Lukaku for free

Inter Milan’s CEO Beppe Marotta has suggested that Edin Dzeko is almost as good as Chelsea frontman Romelu Lukaku, despite the fact he cost nothing in the summer transfer window.

Italian giants Inter sold Lukaku to Chelsea in the summer, as he sealed a romantic return to Stamford Bridge. The centre-forward scored 64 goals in 95 appearances during his two-year spell at the San Siro.

Inter responded to Lukaku’s sale by signing experienced striker Edin Dzeko from Roma, who will be familiar to English audiences from his time with Manchester City earlier in his career. 

Dzeko has started the season on fire with seven goals in 11 appearances for new club Inter. In contrast, Lukaku has scored four times in his opening 11 games.

Inter’s CEO Marotta has made a comparison between the two forwards:

“Lukaku was sold for €115m (£97m) and we bought Dzeko for free. On the pitch, there isn’t much difference. Lukaku left to double his salary, in Italy these figures can’t exist,” Marotta told Corriere della Sera, as quoted by Goal.

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Of course, Dzeko looks like a phenomenal piece of business on a free transfer. The 35-year-old must be towards the latter stages of his career, though, despite the fact he can still bang the goals in.

Aged 28, Chelsea paid the big money for Lukaku to get him in what should be the prime of his career. 

It’s frustrating that an injury in midweek has disrupted his season, but he’s got plenty of time still to justify his near-£100million transfer fee.

In addition, most will find scoring goals in the Premier League much more difficult than Serie A because of the level of opposition.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.