Report: Chelsea player ready to talk to new owners about his intention to leave this summer
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku “will do everything” to make his desire to return to Inter Milan heard by the club, according to Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio.
Di Marzio claims that the 29-year-old has been sending private and public messages to Inter since Christmas, calling the club’s manager, coaches, former teammates, and even president.
Lukaku is reportedly prepared to cut a third of his current salary to make the seemingly impossible move possible.
The most likely scenario is a loan, perhaps a two-year deal, the report added, but nobody from Inter will formally make the first move considering Chelsea spent a reported £97.5m, a club-record deal, on Lukaku less than a year ago, which they have not even finished paying.
However, the Belgium international is reportedly willing to do everything to force the move to Inter, this includes talking to the new ownership group and turning down any other potential suitors.
Chelsea left with very few options in Lukaku saga
This would arguably put Chelsea in a very difficult situation.
It is a very similar scenario to when Diego Costa wanted to return to Atletico Madrid after falling out with Antonio Conte back in 2017.
Fortunately for the Blues, Costa had just had an incredible season, so the club could still strike a favourable deal despite the situation.
This is obviously not the case with Lukaku, who spent the second half of the season mostly as an impact sub.
If, as the report suggested, the striker has made up his mind about leaving Chelsea, keeping an unhappy player due to the lack of acceptable offers could damage the atmosphere in the dressing room.
On the other hand, Inter are reportedly not in a financial position to sign Lukaku permanently, so a loan deal could be the only solution.