Chelsea and Inter Milan agree loan deal for Romelu Lukaku: reports


London, June 22 (IANS): Chelsea FC and Inter Milan have reached a loan agreement for striker Romelu Lukaku and the 29-year-old is set to undergo medicals next week before returning to San Siro, according to a report on Tuesday.

Only the final details of the deal need to be ironed out before Inter can welcome Lukaku back to the club just 11 months after selling him to Chelsea for £97.5million, Sky Sports report.

Lukaku is said to have taken a 30 per cent pay cut to ease his exit, with his earnings set to drop from £10million a year after tax to £7million. Tuesday night’s breakthrough came after several rounds of negotiations over the past few weeks involving Lukaku’s lawyer Sebastian Ledure and Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta.

Inter reportedly negotiated an eight million euro ($8.4 million) loan fee to sign Lukaku, who reportedly took a pay cut to leave Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian striker only joined Chelsea last summer but quickly decided a return to Inter Milan was in his best interest after failing to impress during his spell in the English Premier League.

In a controversial interview with Italian TV last December, Lukaku admitted he was unhappy with the way he was being used by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and hinted he was already considering leaving.

After that, situations weren’t right for Lukaku as he was briefly let go by Tuchel following his outburst and was forced to apologize in January.

The EPL club decided to let Lukaku go after talks between Todd Boehly – who was named Chelsea’s interim president and sporting director on Wednesday – and Tuchel, as well as talks between Boehly and Lukaku.

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