‘Inter are confident’: Chelsea set to confirm club record signing's departure – Romano

Reports are suggesting Romelu Lukaku is expected to complete his move from Chelsea to Inter Milan imminently.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the clubs are still in talks over loan fees, however both clubs are understood to be close to an agreement.

Lukaku returned to the West London last summer after an imperious season with Inter, starring as they reclaimed Serie A glory.

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Chelsea fans may have been believing the Belgian was the missing piece to their puzzle, after a dominant debut against Arsenal and strong opening few weeks.

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However, that form didn’t last and Lukaku quickly found himself out of the starting lineup, especially after his explosive interview at the turn of the year with Sky Italy.

The 29-year-old claimed he wanted to return to the San Siro while he was still in his prime, implying a return to Italy would come soon.

The player’s desire seems to be about to get him his wish however, with the clubs accelerating discussions on agreeing a deal in the last few days.

Originally, finances looked like they might get in the way of a deal, with the Nerazzurri not being able to stump up a fee similar to what the Blues paid for their club record signing.

However, Romano claims the clubs are closer to getting a deal done, where Chelsea would save on Lukaku’s wages for the season.

He tweeted: “Inter and Chelsea are still in talks on the loan fee value after €10m plus add-ons price tag discussed yesterday. Inter are confident and pushing to get it done very soon.  Chelsea would save Lukaku’s full salary and receive fee for one year loan.”

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It’s important for the Blues to get this deal over the line, with the departure of Lukaku holding the key for Chelsea brining in their own stars.

With rumours getting louder about interest in Raheem Sterling, the club would be advised to move things along quickly before they miss out on a number of key targets.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.