Romelu Lukaku set to sign for Inter from Chelsea

FT Desk
  • FT Desk
  • Updated: 20 Jun 2022 11:28 CEST
  • 3 min read
FT Desk Updated: 20 Jun 2022 11:28 CEST 3 min read
Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea, 2021-22

Romelu Lukaku will complete his return to Inter from Chelsea on loan in the coming days, according to multiple reports in Italy.

Lukaku will join Inter on a one-year loan, with the Nerazzurri to pay a loan fee in the region of €10 million.

Inter and Chelsea will hold what they expect to be a final meeting on Monday to agree on the final price.

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Lukaku signed for Chelsea from Inter in the summer of 2021 for a club record €115m but endured a miserable 2021-22 campaign.

He scored just eight Premier League goals, lost his place in the team and was involved in controversy off the pitch as he openly criticised manager Thomas Tuchel and declared he regretted leaving Inter.

Lukaku never appeared to fit in tactically with Tuchel and it became apparent early in 2022 that he was not going to succeed at Chelsea.

The 29-year-old put in a transfer request ahead of the summer transfer window reopening and made it clear to Chelsea that he only wanted to return to Inter.

Lukaku has agreed to a significant pay cut on his €19.8m per season wages at Chelsea in order to move to Inter.

Lukaku returns to Inter

Romelu Lukaku, Antonio Conte

The Belgium record scorer enjoyed two outstanding years at Inter from 2019 to 2021, helping the club win the Scudetto in his second season under Antonio Conte.

He was arguably the best forward in Serie A during that time, scoring 64 goals in 95 games.

Lukaku will now hope to return to the form that made him one of the best strikers in world football.

Inter are hoping that Lukaku can help them regain the Scudetto after city rivals Milan claimed the title this past season.

Lukaku will be one of a number of new signings for Inter this summer. Paulo Dybala is set to arrive on a free transfer from Juventus, opening up the possibility of a mouth-watering attack which will also feature Lautaro Martinez.