Chelsea face complex transfer issues as Romelu Lukaku eyes emotional return to Inter Milan


Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a return to Inter Milan this summer after a disappointing season at Stamford Bridge, but a transfer looks very difficult to facilitate.

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Romelu Lukaku plans to return to Inter Milan.

But the potential move promises to be very complex and difficult to negotiate to have a chance of happening this summer. Chelsea will want the vast majority of the record £97.5million they paid to sign him from Inter last summer.

They simply cannot afford to take a huge financial hit even if they wanted to due to the impact it would have on their Financial Fair Play allowance. It could mean they accept an expensive loan deal, with Inter having to pay a huge fee to secure him for one season and then a fixed price of around £65million next year to complete the deal Permanently.

Lukaku is 29 so there is little sale value and he would return to a former club for the second time in his career, having spent a spell at Chelsea earlier in his career. But the deal is also complicated by Lukaku’s agent situation as he is in the process of changing representation.

Belgian lawyer Sébastien Ledure is now the man tasked with trying to negotiate a return to Inter Milan this summer. However, Lukaku’s representation contract with Italian agent Federico Pastorello does not expire until June 30 and any deal reached or even negotiated during this time could leave him facing a costly settlement.

Romelu Lukaku plans to return to Inter Milan


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Lukaku has been through agents like Mino Raiola’s nobody’s business, at Roc Nation and now with a lawyer with agents who seem to have to pay the price for his moves that don’t work rather than the player himself. Lukaku is on around £300,000-a-week at Chelsea, which is well beyond Inter’s wage structure, but the Belgian may have to take a pay cut to push through the deal.

Clearly Lukaku had mixed fortunes at Chelsea last season after falling out of favor with Thomas Tuchel. Lukaku gave an explosive interview which he settled on his own saying he wanted to return to Italy and detailing the problems at Chelsea.

Speaking at the time, he said: “Physically I’m fine, even better than before. After two years in Italy, during which I worked a lot at Inter with coaches and nutritionists, I’m fine physically, but I’m not happy with the situation, it’s normal.

“I think the coach chose to play with another system, I just have to not give up and keep working and being a professional. I’m not happy with the situation, but I’m a worker and I don’t have to not give up.” “

And now it looks like he might get his wish for another reunion, this time at Inter.

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