Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has made a statement as he gets ready to make a loan return to Inter Milan, just a year after leaving the San Siro to join west London.
As he sets to complete his loan transfer to the Italian club, Romelu Lukaku has spoken out about his return to Inter Milan.
He will have a physical with Inter on Wednesday before becoming a new player for Inter is formally confirmed.
In addition to paying all of his salary this season, Inter will pay Chelsea a loan fee of £6.9 million plus £3.5 million in bonuses if they win the Scudetto.
Just 11 months after selling Lukaku to Chelsea, Inter only needs to finalize the deal’s terms before welcoming him back to the team.
To ease his departure, Lukaku has agreed to a pay cut of 30%. As a result, his earnings will decrease from £10 million after taxes to £7 million.
The negotiations between Lukaku’s attorney Sebastian Ledure and Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta went through several rounds before the breakthrough last week.
In the 2020–21 season, Lukaku led Inter to the Serie A title while tallying 24 goals in the league.
A club record £97.5 million transfer to Chelsea was made possible by his success in Italy, but his second stint with the London club hasn’t gone as planned.
Lukaku has been given permission to return to his former club on loan after scoring just eight goals in the Premier League last season.
Prior to the 2022–23 season, the 29-year-old traveled back to Italy to finalize the agreement. During this time, he will work to support Simon.
When he arrived in Milan, Lukaku was met by the media and exclaimed, “I’m extremely happy to be back!” (via Metro).
Just a few months into his second stint at Chelsea, the striker made it apparent how much he still loved the Serie A team. This prompted the comments.
Before the new year, Lukaku told Sky Sport Italia, “I think everything that transpired was not supposed to happen like this.
How I left Inter, how I interacted with the supporters, this upsets me because it is not the right moment today, but it was not the right time even when I left.
Since I have always claimed that Inter is in my heart and that I will return to play there, I believe the time is right for me to speak.
I’m in love with Italy, and this is the perfect time to communicate and explain what truly happened without disparaging anyone since I am not that way.”
Chelsea have been bolstering their forward line in preparation for Lukaku’s playing the following season elsewhere.
Following the departure of previous transfer guru Marina Granovskaia, owner Todd Boehly has assumed the position of interim sporting director, and the Blues have been linked with attacking players from the Premier League and beyond.
Neymar, a forward for Paris Saint-Germain, is one of many who have been linked to moves after the French champions reportedly informed the Brazilian they were no longer in need of his services.
Thiago Silva, a defender for Chelsea, has urged his countrymen to move to west London, but no deal has yet been agreed.
Raphinha, a talented player for Leeds United who is also desired by clubs like Arsenal and Barcelona, is another Brazilian on the Blues’ radar.
Raheem Sterling, who is entering the final year of his contract with Manchester City and might be available for about £55 million, is still a target for Chelsea.