Deal Close: Serie A giants on the brink to agree terms for Chelsea No.9 forward
Serie A giants, Inter Milan are reportedly on the verge of securing the services of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on a season-long loan deal.
Ever since Lukaku told Italian media back in December that he was unhappy with life at West London giants, there has been constant rumours regarding the player’s future.
Having scored three times during the run-in, including a double against the Wolves, it was reported that the Belgium international may remain in West London.
However, it soon became apparent that the 29-year-old centre-forward was angling for a return to Serie A giants, the team that he left in a £97.5m transfer last summer.
According to Italian journalists Gianluca Di Marzio and Fabrizio Romano, the relevant parties have settled on an agreement for a loan move to occur as soon as possible.
Serie A giants, will pay a loan of €8m (£6.9m) plus add-ons, far lower than the Blues initial demands of £20m, and a transfer is now described as ‘imminent’.
Previous reports have suggested that Romelu Lukaku, who won the Serie A trophy with Inter Milan in 2020-21, is willing to take a pay cut to take on a second spell in Italy.
The deal is a straight loan with no option to buy, currently leaving Belgium centre-forward to return to West London at the end of the campaign.
The Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel is believed to have supported the exit of Romelu Lukaku, who did not fit his style of play.
The frontman contributed a total of 15 times from 44 games in all competitions last campaign, just eight of those forwards coming in the English top-tier.
Earlier in negotiations, it was claimed that the Blues had enquired about the availability of a number of Inter Milan players, including centre-back Milan Skriniar.
However, everything points to the West London club having failed to make a breakthrough for the Slovakia international, who is also being rumoured with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Earlier on Tuesday, Sky Sports News claimed that Inter Milan were looking to boost their financial position by raising in the region of £50m before the end of June.