Romelu Lukaku: Milan talks with Chelsea over loan agreement for free club record signing | Transfer Center News

Inter Milan are talking to Chelsea about a re-signing of Romelu Lukaku on loan this summer.

Lukaku, who joined Chelsea for a £ 97.5m club record fee from Inter last August, wants to return to San Siro after a disappointing 2021/22 campaign.

However, the deal must make financial sense for Chelsea if they want to sanction the striker’s move back to Italy.

Between can’t afford to sign Lukaku – who has scored 64 goals in 95 games and helped them to the Serie A title during his time at the club – on a permanent deal.

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Romelu Lukaku told Sky in Italy of his desire to return to Inter in December

The Belgian international’s lawyer met with Inter last week to ask about the feasibility of a possible return to Serie A, according to Sky in Italy.

Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta said the club was “in no hurry” about Lukaku’s possible return, but was keen to re-sign him this summer.

Inter are in the market for a forward and Marotta has said he “hopes” Paulo Dybala will sign for them after leaving Juventus after the expiration of his contract.

Lukaku has now gone through two non-production periods at Chelsea. The first of the 29-year-old was between 2011 and 2014, when he joined the Blues as a teenager from Anderlecht but spent most of his time on loan at West Brom and Everton.

He returned to Stamford Bridge last summer as one of the best strikers in the world, but scored 15 goals in 44 games across all competitions for the Blues, and spent much of the second half of the campaign outside the starting XI.

The former Manchester United striker also upset Chelsea in December when he gave an unapproved interview to Sky in Italy in which he seemed to question the tactics of head coach Thomas Tuchel, and expressed a desire to return to Inter in the future.

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What positions does Chelsea aim for?

Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy:

Chelsea are moving forward with their summer recruitment plans now that the club’s consortium takeover led by Todd Boehly for £ 4.25 billion has been completed.

The Blues already have a verbal agreement with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, and the Spanish club prefer a quick deal as they aim to balance their books by June 30th.

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Jules Kounde is a tragedy for Chelsea

Talks on a deal for Kounde collapsed last year, but there is optimism from all parties that it will be done this time.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe is part of a shortlist of central defense options and is Thomas Tuchel’s preference. Jose Gimenez of Atletico Madrid and Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig are also among those to watch.

Chelsea like Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni but the expectation is that he will finish at Real Madrid. PSV’s Ibrahim Sangare is among the alternatives explored.

What will Chelsea do this summer?

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Sky Sports football journalist Joe Shread:

Given that Chelsea were crowned European champions just 12 months ago, it may come as a surprise to hear Thomas Tuchel talk about the need for “rebuilding” this summer, as he did after his side finished their season with a home win over Watford. But that 2021 Champions League triumph was evident – Chelsea were fourth in the Premier League that year – and this arduous campaign revealed the problems in the head coach’s squad.

While Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were able to build squads to meet their specific requirements, Tuchel had to put together a group of players signed by six different managers. With Todd Boehly now in charge, it was time to support Tuchel and allow him to build his own squad capable of launching a title challenge for the first time since 2017.

The work must begin in defense, where the departing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen must be replaced by two good quality center defenders. Maybe it’s time to replace Cesar Azpilicueta – a Chelsea legend but now 32 years old and reportedly eager to return to Spain – with a more dynamic right-back. The Blues’ dependence on Marcos Alonso – after Ben Chilwell’s injury – has cost them this season and with his left back also said he is keen to return to Spain, signing a replacement should be on the to-do list.

In midfield, decisions have to be made about the future of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, who are in their 30s and have only one year left on their contracts. Chelsea can’t allow them to go the same route as Rudiger and Christensen and leave for free, so they have to decide whether to offer them new offers this summer or let them go for a fee. Even if Kante stays, one has to look for a younger option in the mold of the French midfielder due to the amount of time he has been unavailable in recent seasons.

Attack is the area of ​​the Chelsea team that has received the largest investment in recent windows, but the Blues should not be put off by looking to bolster their goalscoring if there is a comeback. The last player to score 20 goals a season for the club was Eden Hazard, and he left three years ago, so there is clearly room for improvement in that area.

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