Lukaku joining Inter would suit all parties but it is easier said than done Romelu Lukaku

Oonly one thing can ruin Romelu Lukaku’s hopes of rekindling his love affair with International this summer: money. Take the finance out of the equation and everything would be so simple. Lukaku would be free to return to a league more suited to his talents, Inter would be reunited with the striker who sacked them to the Serie A title in 2021, and Chelsea could move on from a player who has spent the past. 10 months putting together a strong claim to be the worst signing of the Roman Abramovich era.

It was a disaster. Lukaku has not settled since joining Chelsea for £ 97.5m last summer and Thomas Tuchel will not be able to get in his way if agreement with Inter can be agreed. There is little trust between the couple, little desire to adapt to each other’s needs, a small sign that they will one day be on the same wavelength. It’s not a productive relationship and at this stage, with Lukaku clearly unfit for Tuchel’s system and eager to force his way back to Inter, it’s hard to see what Chelsea would gain from hanging the Belgian.

However, there are obstacles to overcome if Lukaku wants to get in his way. Chelsea, whose takeover of a consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital went through last week, can’t just wave him goodbye. The deal should make financial sense and Lukaku, who has asked his lawyer to speak with Inter on his behalf, is not an easy player to change in this market.

Inter can’t afford to buy Lukaku, or pay his £ 325,000-a-week salary. They sold him because they had a financial problem. Now they are offering to lend him a loan and, although it is rumored that Inter is paying a large loan fee and accepting a heavy portion of Lukaku’s salary, there is doubt as to whether they will be able to come up with a suitable arrangement. Chelsea.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring for Inter against Milan in February 2021.
Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring for Inter against Milan in February 2021. Photo: Xinhua / Shutterstock

There is a lot of noise nowadays. It could drag on. It is worth remembering how Lukaku forced Manchester United to sell him to Inter three years ago but Chelsea must defend their position. Their new owners have a lot to do this summer and although they will support Tuchel, they probably won’t be as chivalrous as Roman Abramovich.

A sale could be required to bolster the budget and Chelsea have several holes to fill. They need two central defenders after losing Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen with free transfers. César Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso could go. Two of Tuchel’s top midfielders, N’Golo Kanté and Jorginho, are out of contract next year and things in attack are not limited to Lukaku, even if his dissatisfaction outweighs the uncertainty of Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

It’s a clumsy time for Tuchel. Chelsea hope to sign the Seville defender Jules Koundé but their attack requires attention. They lacked ruthlessness under Tuchel, who wants new forwards. Robert Lewandowski, Christopher Nkunku and Raheem Sterling are exciting targets and links with Barcelona Ousmane Dembélé, who is available for free, refuse to leave.

However, it will be difficult for Chelsea to act if Lukaku stays, which would not benefit anyone. Lukaku, who is set to turn Chelsea into title contenders, has been extremely disappointing despite finishing last season as the side’s top scorer with 15 goals in all competitions. He often looked like a spare part, his move too predictable, his league game underpowered, his pressure unconvincing, and he didn’t like his supporters, some of whom even whistled at the age of 29 when he was replaced during Chelsea. defeat of Arsenal in April.

Romelu Lukaku during the defeat of the League of Nations of Belgium against the Netherlands last week.
Romelu Lukaku during the defeat of the League of Nations of Belgium against the Netherlands last week. Photo: Shutterstock

Lukaku’s reputation never healed after that infamous one an interview he gave to Sky Italia last winter. It was a huge mistake. Lukaku made an encouraging start to his second stint at Chelsea, winning four times in his first four games, and no one could fully understand why he felt the need to question Tuchel’s tactics and talk about a return to Inter. He had a chance to continue after shaking off an ankle injury and recovering from Covid-19. The interview could not have been more unnecessary.

Tuchel was furious and his patience ran out when Lukaku collected seven touches during Chelsea’s victory over Crystal Palace in February. The team was much more fluid with Kai Havertz ahead. Lukaku was the weirdo. He started the FA Cup final against Liverpool, only to win public admonition from Tuchel for his lack of movement, although when it comes to handing out the blame Chelsea will also have to wonder why they paid so much for a striker whose time. at United showed he was not cut out to thrive at the top of the Premier League.

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Chelsea ignored the warning signs. One view is that Lukaku perfected his game at Inter; the other is that he did it in a weaker connection. Lukaku found English football more difficult and he doesn’t seem interested in finding out if spending a full pre-season with Tuchel would improve their relationship. His heart is set on Inter and the question now is how to make it happen. Money will decide.

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