Chelsea star's representative comments on his client's possible summer exit

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku’s representative, Sebastien Ledure, labelled claims about his client’s desire to leave Stamford Bridge this summer as “speculations” amid recent reports.

Various reports in Italy, including from La Gazetta dello Sport, claimed that there have been meetings between Lukaku’s lawyer, Ledure, and Inter Milan in the last weeks.

Inter are reportedly only prepared to bring in the striker on loan with Lukaku said to be ready to help facilitate the move by reducing his salary almost by half of what he currently earns at Chelsea.

Sending the club-record signing on loan after one season is obviously far from ideal, but according to Goal, Chelsea will demand a loan fee worth between €12million (£10.2m) and €24m (£20.5m).

The possible loan fee as well as potentially freeing up a reported £325,000-a-week from the wage bill is arguably better than keeping an unhappy player who does not start regularly.

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This, however, remains a stab in the dark, according to Ledure himself.

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“Those that emerged from the press at the moment are only speculations,” the lawyer told Sportitalia when asked about the rumours of Lukaku’s possible return to Inter Milan.

“There is nothing to comment at the moment.”

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Both Chelsea and Lukaku in difficult situations

Considering Ledure did not exactly quash the rumour, there might have been some truth in these reports.

It is hardly a surprise that Lukaku, who started just 16 Premier League games last season, is reportedly not happy with his situation at the club.

The Belgium international’s controversial interview in December also made him a rather unpopular figure among Blues fans.

At this point, it is unlikely that Chelsea would be able to recoup the £97.5m they reportedly paid Inter for Lukaku last summer, and if they are to replace him with another top striker, the possible loan deal could be the best option yet.

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