The Belgian superstar forward has struggled in west London and a return to Serie A has been sounded.
Romelu Lukaku has appointed a lawyer to check the temperature on a possible return to his former club Inter after a difficult return season at Chelsea.
An unauthorized interview, injury and Thomas Tuchel’s reluctance to play to his strengths have left Lukaku unsettled.
Inter are not prioritizing a move for the 29-year-old amid fears it could cost too much, with Chelsea expected to meet Lukaku soon to discuss his future.
Can Inter afford Lukaku?
Not really, and especially not on the £325,000-a-week terms that Chelsea signed him.
Today’s talks focus on arranging a possible loan deal in which Lukaku agrees to take a pay cut of around 40% to facilitate a return to San Siro.
However, the Blues are believed to be asking for a hefty loan fee between €12m and €24m which could be seen as problematic in Italy.
A purchase option could be included or a structure that spreads any payment over several seasons.
Even still, the deal would require Todd Boehly-Clearlake’s new ownership to undo the huge losses of the Roman Abramovich era.
They have yet to have a say in the exits that will shape Chelsea’s summer transfer policy but are now expected to resolve the transfers this week.
Indeed, the former owner was heavily involved in the decision to sanction the striker’s return to Chelsea, who he supported in his youth.
What will Chelsea do if they sell Lukaku?
The Blues seem open to selling Timo Werner or Hakim Ziyech, alongside Lukaku, this summer.
This could create space for a new striker interested in Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku, among others.
Chelsea will only sign forwards if some are sold, with many current players complaining about a lack of minutes last season.
They will also bring Armando Broja back from his pre-season loan from Southampton. If he wants a place in Tuchel’s squad, he will have to impress on a tour of the United States.
However, he could push for a quick decision on his future after OBJECTIVE exclusively revealed interest from AC Milan, Inter, Napoli, Newcastle, West Ham and Southampton.