Report: Chelsea facing potential Lukaku transfer blow amid pressure from Inter Milan fans
Inter Milan president Steven Zhang is reconsidering his stance over Chelsea’s transfer offer for Romelu Lukaku amid pressure from the fans and people within the club, according to La Gazetta dello Sport.
It is hardly a surprise that Inter fans are fuming about the recent reports regarding Lukaku’s potential Chelsea return.
They have just ended Juventus’ nine-year domination in Serie A, winning their first league title since 2010.
A few months after that, they have now lost Antonio Conte, Achraf Hakimi, and now potentially the club’s top scorer as well.
Not only fans, however, Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta and new manager Simone Inzhagi are also reportedly against the decision to sell Lukaku.
The pressure, La Gazzetta dello Sport claims, has even reached Nanjing, China, where Zhang resides.
The Inter president is reportedly “reflecting” on what to do, despite previously having given the order to continue the negotiation with Chelsea.
Zhang, of course, has the club’s financial issues in mind, but he also has to take the impact that Lukaku’s deal would have on the team and the fans into account.
This could be bad news for Chelsea who are under pressure to sign a new striker before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.
It is almost impossible for Chelsea to shift their attention to an alternative transfer target and get the deal done this summer, at least not for players of a similar calibre, should the Lukaku deal collapse.
Fortunately, Lukaku himself has reportedly told Inter that he wants to join Chelsea.
But it is safe to say that the sooner Chelsea lodge their reported improved bid, the better.