Report: How much Chelsea will demand in loan fees to allow Lukaku's move to Inter Milan
Chelsea will reportedly want a sizable loan fee to allow their striker Romelu Lukaku to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
GOAL explains Inter Milan’s interest in re-signing the 29-year-old this summer, but he’s not considered a priority target due to how much he could cost.
It is understood there’s been talks over a potential deal that would see Lukaku return to the San Siro on loan next season, which includes reducing his salary by around 40 per cent.
However, Chelsea will demand a loan fee worth between €12million (£10.2m) and €24million (£20.5million).
There’s the further possibility of there being an option to buy that includes a spread of payments over a number of years.
Lukaku loan fee a massive hurdle
If Lukaku is to leave Chelsea this summer, it’s going to take some shrewd negotiating.
It’s been reported Blues manager Thomas Tuchel is open to the idea of the centre-forward departing on loan next season. However, he’d like assurances from the new owners that a suitable replacement can be signed in attack.
The £97.5million Chelsea spent on Lukaku last summer looks like a huge mistake with hindsight, and it leaves the club in an awkward position.
It sounds highly ambitious to ask for £10million-plus to loan a player for a season, albeit Lukaku was brilliant during his two years in an Inter Milan shirt.
Ian Wright has previously said he’d like the Belgian frontman to give it one more season to try be a success in Tuchel’s XI.
With the new ownership in place, Chelsea fans are patiently waiting to see how much freedom the manager is given to change his squad over the summer.