'Direct talks': Chelsea player about to discuss leaving Stamford Bridge in next few days - Romano
Reports suggest Romelu Lukaku is wanting to end his time at Stamford Bridge, as he tries to force a move back to Inter Milan.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Belgian is looking for a return to Serie A, where he won the title in his final season there.
Chelsea broke their transfer record when they agreed a £97m deal for the 29-year-old, who originally left the club back in 2014 on a permanent basis.
However, the reunion hasn’t gone as planned, as the Belgium international scored just eight goals in the Premier League.
Now, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has moved to confirm rumours Lukaku is pushing for a move away after just one season back in England, with talks set to advance in the next few hours.
Romano said: “Inter and Chelsea will be in direct talks for Romelu Lukaku in the coming days, after contacts with the player – he strongly wants to return to Inter.”
A move back to the Nerazzurri looks to be a tough one to complete though, based on the transfer fee paid for the striker as well as Inter’s current position in terms of making big-money moves.
“It won’t be easy deal as Chelsea spent €115m for Lukaku – and Inter can only try a loan move” claimed Romano.
Simone Inzaghi’s side are reportedly keen on another Blues asset, as they have been looking to make a move for midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Again though, it is speculated the deal would have to be a loan, as the clubs are some way apart on their valuation of the 26-year-old.
The Blues have already been reported to be on the hunt for a new striker this summer, with Gabriel Jesus the latest to be linked to the role.
The Brazilian is reportedly looking for a move away from Manchester City, despite recently winning the Premier League for the fourth time at the club.