The signs of a transfer of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan to the English Champions League winners Chelsea are growing. However, there is increasing resistance in the club and among the fans.
As SPOX and goal learned, the 28-year-old is open to a second engagement at Stamford Bridge if both clubs come to an agreement. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport the Belgian international announced his wish to return to the island.
Chelsea want to pay Inter a transfer fee of 105 million euros for the 28-year-old. In addition, the club of the German team manager Thomas Tuchel allegedly offers left-back Marcos Alonso as an additional bonus.
After the Italians rejected a € 100 million offer to blues, Chelsea is preparing, according to information from SPOX and goal currently another offer – this time between 120 and 130 million euros. Allegedly, Inter-President Steven Zhang Lukaku only wants to let Lukaku move ahead of schedule with an offer of at least 130 million euros.
Against these plans of the Chinese club boss to sell the crowd’s favorite, however, there is increasing resistance in the club and among the fans. The Tifosi showed banners with slogans against the club’s management in front of the Inter headquarters and the local Giuseppe Meazza stadium, after the Inter top had recently denied all speculations about a sale of the Goal Getter.
Romelu Lukaku: Chelsea want to make room
But also managing director Giuseppe Marotta and the new Inter trainer Simone Inzaghi oppose Zhang’s plans with Lukaku, according to media reports. Inzaghi already warned that the defending champions’ team would lose competitiveness in Serie A in the coming season without Lukaku.
Lukaku joined Inter in 2019 from English record champions Manchester United. His contract with the Italians, where the attacker made a significant contribution to Inter’s title win last season with 24 goals, runs until 2024.
In parallel to the ongoing talks about Lukaku’s future, Inter are trying to reinforce their offensive. Again Corriere dello Sport reported, Milan is negotiating with league rivals AS Roma to sign the former Wolfsburg Bundesliga star Edin Dzeko.
And Chelsea are also working to make room in the squad for the Belgian to return. According to information from SPOX and goal Tammy Abraham (contract until 2023) should leave the team of coach Thomas Tuchel.
A loan to league rivals Aston Villa, who have already been interested in the striker in the past, is under discussion. However, Chelsea prefers to sell the 23-year-old directly for just under 47 million euros.