Inter transfers: Lukaku, Onana and Loftus-Cheek talks with Chelsea after Champions League defeat

Inter need to quickly put their Champions League final defeat behind them, as Chelsea are waiting to have a chat about multiple players that could be moving between the two clubs this summer.


Instead of putting things on hold after the heartbreak of a Champions League final loss, Inter are doing the opposite and planning talks with clubs already.

The first meeting to be organised is with Chelsea, and according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Blues are in favour of discussing multiple players with the Nerazzurri, especially after the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as the permanent replacement for Graham Potter.

The two sides have been heavily linked in recent transfer windows and whilst the loan of Romelu Lukaku to Inter last summer was not easy to agree, a working relationship does exist.

Romelu Lukaku in action for Inter against Manchester City in the Champions League final. (@Inter)

Chelsea set sights on Inter’s Andre Onana

Chelsea’s main conversation point for themselves is regarding goalkeeper, Andre Onana. The Cameroonian has become one of the best in his position this season, after establishing himself as the club’s starting goalkeeper ahead of Samir Handanovic.

The Nerazzurri will not sell for less than €60 million and they are expected to stay very firm in that position. Their stance is strengthened by Chelsea’s recent extravagant expenditure on goalkeepers, €80m on Kepa Arrizabalaga and €24m for Edouard Mendy, neither of whom are now considered good enough to be the club’s number one.

Inter’s Andre Onana with the ball in the Champions League final. [@Inter_en]

Inter hold interest in four Chelsea players

Starting off with a player already in Milan, Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian is believed to be completely uninterested in moving back to London, even with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm.

Both Lukaku and Inter are therefore interested in another loan spell. Although, the Suning ownership is not willing to spend the same €8m loan fee they spent last summer, which could potentially cause bumps in negotiations between the two clubs.

Another big point of interest for Inter is Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The 27-year-old has been of interest to several clubs inside and outside of England, however, the midfielder could be used in the aforementioned negotiations for Onana, though this isn’t a favoured idea for the Nerazzurri. AC Milan are further along in their pursuit of Loftus-Cheek, although the departures of Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara have stalled the deal as things stand.

AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez battling Chelsea’s Kalidou Koulibaly. [@kkoulibaly26]

Given Roberto Gagliardini will depart the club at the end of this month, there is demand for a player with the same physical profile. Simone Inzaghi and Piero Ausilio see the Englishman as the replacement, especially for a price of around €20m.

There is also interest in Trevoh Chalobah, the young English centre-back who has been of interest to the club since last summer. Contact was made in January enquiring about a deal for the 23-year-old, though nothing came to fruition.

A deal for former Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly would also be of interest to Inter, but that will be more difficult, given he has no interest in moving away from West London after one season.


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