Inter will explore the details of Romelu Lukaku’s potential return during a summit with his lawyer later today. The agreement is difficult given the figures in question. Still, the striker is pushing, and the sides will look at the formula to get there.
According The Republic, Chelsea could only accept a loan spell with an initial fee of 23 million euros and an obligation to buy 70 million euros. These sums would allow them not to record a loss in their balance sheets given what they have spent to acquire it.
Inter are willing to include Stefan De Vrij in the package to bring Lukaku back to offset some of the expenses, the publication inform. While the Blues might need a defender given their departures, his valuation isn’t too high as he only has one year on his contract.
The striker is also expected to take a big pay cut. The Nerazzurri have set a ceiling of €6 million on the salaries of their stars. Nicolò Barella, Marcelo Brozovic and Lautaro Martinez are at this level. On the other hand, Inter would pay less tax on Lukaku’s salary and that might raise the bar a bit. But the transfer should take place quickly to use the tax advantages, Corriere della Sera reports.
Our take on Lukaku trying to return to Inter
The numbers for the potential deal seem too heavy for a team that isn’t in great financial shape. On the other hand, the opportunity might be too good to pass up. Inter could use a short-term approach, add Lukaku on loan and worry about the giant option to buy in a year. It remains to be seen whether Chelsea would actually sign those terms.