Chelsea and Inter Milan have reached an agreement on the loan of striker Romelu Lukaku, according to Sky in Italy.
The 29-year-old is expected to undergo medical tests next week before his return to the San Siro.
Only the final details of the deal need to be ironed out before Inter can welcome Lukaku back to the club just 11 months after they sold him to Chelsea for £97.5m.
The two clubs agreed a loan move totaling £10.3 million, made up of a £6.9 million loan fee plus £3.4 million in bonuses.
Lukaku has agreed a 30 per cent pay cut to soften his departure, with his earnings falling from £10m per year after tax to £7m. All his salary will be paid by Inter.
Tuesday night’s breakthrough came after several rounds of negotiations in recent weeks between Lukaku’s lawyer Sebastian Ledure and Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta.
Lukaku scored just eight Premier League goals in 26 outings last season after returning to Stamford Bridge for a club-record fee.
In December, Lukaku said sky in italy he wanted to return to Inter one day and said: “I really hope in the depths of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a good level to win more.”
Last week, it was revealed that Inter cannot afford to sign Lukaku, who scored 64 goals in 95 games and helped the team win the Serie A title during his time at the club, on a permanent deal.
Chelsea decided to let Lukaku go after talks between Todd Boehly, who was appointed interim chairman and sporting director on Wednesday, and Thomas Tuchel, as well as discussions between Boehly and Lukaku.
The owner and head coach wanted to figure out Lukaku’s future quickly so they could focus on strengthening their roster this summer.
Chelsea are interested in signing Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, while Richarlison, Ousmane Dembele, Jules Kounde, Matthijs de Ligt, Jonathan Clauss and Milan Skriniar are also targets.
Inter ultras: We will not receive Lukaku with scarves or banners
Inter Milan ultras have issued a statement asking fans not to welcome Lukaku when he arrives in Milan.
The club’s most loyal fans say he will have to earn their respect again through his performances after he left last summer to return to Chelsea.
A statement read: “Since Lukaku’s return to Inter is very likely, some things need to be clarified.
“Curva Nord supports Inter Milan and will not make any protest against the player (despite his behavior last summer). That said, no one will go to greet him with scarves and banners representing the Curva or its groups. He will have to earn it. all that, in his case, will be done for him in the future with humility and sweat on the pitch.
“He was supported (and treated) like a king, now he is just a player like many others.
“It must also be made clear to everyone that we will never support Lukaku if he wears the Inter shirt again.
“We encourage all Interisti [Inter fans] in short, to avoid falling into the other trap, run and drool after him.
“Clearly there is an instinctual and emotional element, but pretending that nothing has happened would only accelerate that process destined to turn us all into foolish and servile consumers.
“We take note of Lukaku’s betrayal and are extremely disappointed.
“With time we can even forgive those things to a footballer, but the facts will not change.
“Now, Romelu, let’s kick and run.”
‘One of the worst transfers in the history of the PL’
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“There is no positive spin you can put on this. The transfer will go down in Premier League history as one of the worst transfers of all time. Chelsea signed him for nearly £100m, he was brilliant for two seasons. at Inter, but he came to Chelsea and things quickly started to go wrong.
“He gave that interview to sky in italy in which he basically said that he wanted to return to Inter. It seems from the outside that his heart has not been in it. I get it, he doesn’t particularly like the way Chelsea play under Thomas Tuchel, but he doesn’t seem to have tried too hard to fit in. I think the vast majority of Chelsea fans will be happy to see it from behind.
“But it’s an extraordinary story, a player who was signed for nearly £100m coming back to Inter a year later on what will probably be a loan deal, with Inter paying £10m to start. And then there’s his salary, because he earns around £325,000 a week at Chelsea. Someone close to the negotiations told us yesterday that he is leaving. He has no future at Chelsea.”
What positions is Chelsea aiming for?
Melissa Reddy, Senior Reporter for Sky Sports News:
Chelsea are going ahead with their summer signing plans now that the club’s takeover by the Todd Boehly-led consortium for £4.25bn has been completed.
The Blues already have a verbal agreement with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, with the Spanish club preferring a quick deal as they aim to balance their books by June 30.
Talks about a deal for Kounde collapsed last year, but there is optimism on all sides that it will be achieved this time.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe is part of a list of central defensive options and is Thomas Tuchel’s preference. José Giménez, from Atlético de Madrid, and Josko Gvardiol, from RB Leipzig, are also among those evaluated.
Chelsea matches: first Lampard’s Everton, then Spurs
Chelsea kick off the 2022/23 season with a trip to Frank Lampard’s Everton live sky sports before hosting London rivals Spurs in their first home game.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will meet blues legend Lampard at Goodison Park on August 6 at 5.30pm, before Tottenham visit Stamford Bridge a week later.
Chelsea host Liverpool in west London on September 17, Manchester United on October 22 and Arsenal on November 5.
Their final meeting before the month-long World Cup break is in Newcastle, and they continue their campaign on Boxing Day against newly promoted Bournemouth.
Chelsea travel to Tottenham on February 25 and Arsenal on April 29, the latter being the start of an extraordinary last five games that include Manchester City away on the penultimate weekend of the season and Newcastle at home. the last day.
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