Inter have made the return of Romelu Lukaku their main transfer priority after completing the transfers of Marcus Thuram and Davide Frattesi. The Belgium international is currently on the books of Chelsea, and the Premier League club are desperate to sell him, but he only wants to join the Italian giants and nobody else.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, as reported by TuttoMercatoWeb, Inter coach Simone Inzaghi wants Lukaku to return to the Nerazzurri, and for the Belgian to maintain his excellent understanding with Argentinian forward Lautaro Martinez.
The 30-year-old scored seven goals in the last eight rounds of the 2022/23 Serie A season, giving Inzaghi confidence in the striker’s abilities.
Inter and Chelsea struggle to find agreement for Lukaku
It is no secret that Lukaku wants to return to Milan and play for Inter. He was a prolific scorer in his first two seasons with the Nerazzurri, and for his second stint, he finished the season brightly after battling with fitness issues.
The Biscione and Chelsea have struggled to settle on a transfer fee that will keep both parties satisfied. The Biscione could only offer €30 million for the Belgian, and Serie A rivals Juventus and AC Milan were reportedly interested, but they might have enough funds shortly with the potential sale of Andre Onana to Manchester United.
Onana sale to Manchester United the key for Lukaku
Although the Cameroonian goalkeeper has been with Inter for just one season, it is becoming probable that Onana will be sold for a substantial profit by the Nerazzurri. The 26-year-old could join the Red Devils for at least €50 million, giving the Italians enough money to acquire Lukaku back from Chelsea.
It will be a shame for the Biscione to lose their goalkeeper after joining a year ago, but it is clear that they want to focus on goalscorers. Frattesi will add goals from midfield, and Thuram could be a fine supporting act, but Lukaku gives Inzaghi’s team a much-needed focal point up front.