Inter Milan hopes to return to Chelsea striker Romela Lukaku

Inter Milan hopes to return to Chelsea striker Romela Lukaku

Inter Milan are convinced that a loan deal for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku can be completed.

There is a €5 million difference between the €10 million Chelsea wants and the €5 million Inter wants to pay in a loan fee.

The clubs met again today to discuss the details of the deal.

Lukaku cost Chelsea £97.5 million last summer, although he only scored eight Premier League goals in 26 appearances.

Last week, it was revealed Inter cannot afford to sign Lukaku – who scored 64 goals in 95 games and helped them to the Serie A title during his time at the club – on a permanent deal.

In December, Lukaku told in Italy he wanted to return to Inter one day. He said: “I really hope in the depths of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a still good level to hopefully win more.”

Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has said the club are in “no rush” over Lukaku’s potential return but remain keen on re-signing him this summer.

Which positions are Chelsea targeting?

Chelsea are pressing ahead with their summer recruitment plans now that the £4.25bn Todd Boehly-led consortium takeover of the club has been completed. The Blues have a verbal agreement already in place with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, with the Spanish club preferring a quick deal as they aim to balance their books before June 30.

Talks on a deal for Kounde had collapsed last year but there is optimism from all parties it will get done this time. Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe is part of a shortlist of central defensive options and is Thomas Tuchel’s preference. Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez and RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol are also among those being looked at.

Chelsea like Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni but the expectation is he will end up at Real Madrid. PSV’s Ibrahim Sangare is among the alternatives scouted.

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