Romelu Lukaku has expressed his dissatisfaction with life at Chelsea, with Inter Milan offering to provide the Belgian international a way out of his troubles at Stamford Bridge.
The mystery surrounding Romelu Lukaku’s transfer has taken a new turn, with reports claiming that Inter Milan is looking to capitalize on the striker’s break with his agent.
Lukaku returned to Chelsea for a club record deal of over £100 million last summer.
However, the transfer backfired spectacularly, with the Belgian scoring only eight Premier League goals and falling out of favor under Thomas Tuchel.
His return to Stamford Bridge has been marred by regular reports of his dissatisfaction.
That has led to speculation that he might leave the Blues after only one season, having failed to live up to his lofty price tag.
Inter Milan, who he helped win Serie A a year ago, are said to be leading the battle to sign him.
Inter have made Lukaku a “priority need” that they think needs to be met fast, according to Calciomercato.
According to reports, Lukaku is now the Italian giants’ top priority, with the club trying to figure out what the “margins” are for concluding a deal for the striker.
Inter bosses will meet with Lukaku’s lawyer on Tuesday to begin “identifying the plan” to lure him back to the San Siro, according to reports.
Inter are also interested in signing Paulo Dybala but have requested more time from the Argentine as they focus on Lukaku.
They are thought to have set a deadline for completing a deal for the Chelsea star by the end of June.
If no deal has been reached by that time, they will instead pursue Dybala, who departed Juventus at the end of last season.
Dybala is a free agent, whereas Chelsea would most likely try to retrieve as much of the astronomical amount they spent on Lukaku as possible.
Inter appears to be taking advantage of Lukaku’s recent separation from his agent by approaching his lawyer.
On Sunday, it was reported that the striker had severed connections with Federico Pastorello, the man who orchestrated his return to Chelsea.
Pastorello’s affairs have been taken over by lawyer Sebastien Ledure, who is no longer his agent. Ledure is expected to meet with Inter president Beppe Marotta to discuss a comeback.
Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to return to Inter, where he had his most successful period as a player.
The Belgian had expressed his dissatisfaction with life at Chelsea in a shocking interview released shortly before the January transfer window.
“However, I am dissatisfied with the situation at Chelsea, which is understandable.
I believe the coach has chosen to play a new system; all I have to do now is stay focused, work hard, and be professional.”
He told Sky Sports Italia, “I’m not satisfied with the circumstances, but I’m a hard worker, and I can’t give up.
It annoys me the way I left Inter, the way I spoke with the supporters, because now may not be the proper time to say it, but it didn’t feel right back then either.”
“Now I believe it is appropriate to say, because I already stated that Inter will always have a special place in my heart, and I sincerely want to return to play there one day.
Italy has captured my heart. I truly, sincerely wish to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but while I am still at the level where I can win more championships.”