Report: Chelsea prepared to compromise their demands to minimise losses on 29-year-old

Chelsea are prepared to lower their demands over Romelu Lukaku’s potential loan move to Inter Milan as they aim to minimise the losses after the striker’s underwhelming season, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Inter reportedly already made an initial offer of €5million (£4.3m) loan fees plus performance-related add-ons, which is far below Chelsea’s demands of €20m (£17.2m).

The report claims that new Chelsea owners Todd Boehly and his team were not satisfied with the offer but are willing to compromise to lower their demands.

A new virtual meeting involving Chelsea, Inter, and Lukaku’s lawyer, Sebastien Lawyer, is expected to take place in the next few days.

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Corriere dello Sport suggests that an agreement between €10-12m (£8.6-10.3m) would be the likely common ground between the two parties.

The figures seem very low considering Chelsea spent £97.5m on the striker last summer, but the London club does not exactly have a lot of options.

Lukaku himself has reportedly told the club that he would only agree to go to Inter this summer, while Thomas Tuchel is said to not want to hear more about the saga.

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The Italian outlet highlights that keeping the Belgium international costs Chelsea almost £50m annually; €25m (£21.5) in transfer fee amortisation and €29m (£24.9m) in his gross salary.

Loaning him out to Inter means Chelsea would not only be able to free up their wage bills, but also offset the striker’s amortisation using the loan fees.

Chelsea also expressed that they want one of Inter’s three centre-backs; Milan Skriniar, Alessandro Bastoni, Stefan de Vrij, or Denzel Dumfries to be part of the deal, the report added.

Inter, however, have reportedly made it clear that any deal for another player would have to be struck separately.

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