Inter Milan may end up pulling out of a move to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the San Siro this summer due to the £20million loan fee demanded by the west London outfit.
Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge last summer was heralded as the final piece of the puzzle for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Despite spending a club record £97.5million, Chelsea are now reportedly willing to let Lukaku make his return to Italian football with Inter. The Serie A side also want to bring Lukaku back with a loan deal agreeable between the two clubs and the striker is also willing to take a pay cut.
However, the Daily Mail points out that Chelsea want Inter to stump up a £20m signing-on fee. The report claims that Inter have so far ‘baulked’ at Chelsea’s loan fee demand.
Lukaku now faces the prospect of having to remain at Stamford Bridge for at least another season. The 29-year-old is said to be ‘accepting’ of the situation he faces, but he’ll likely be concerned about fighting with Havertz for a starting place through the middle next year.
Coming off the back of a season where he let Inter to the title and scored an impressive 30 goals in all competitions, Lukaku was expected to light up the Premier League. He did make a strong start to life back in the English top flight with three goals in his first three games.
But his influence soon waned with an injury then curtailing his progress under Tuchel. The Belgian then struggled to make it back as a regular in Tuchel’s starting line-up with Kai Havertz preferred through the middle.