Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has his heart set on a return to Inter Milan and is set to complete a move to his former club.
According to confirmed reports, Romelu Lukaku is set to land in Milan tonight ahead of his medical on Wednesday.
Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Romelu Lukaku will fly to Milano in the coming hours, Inter CEO Marotta has confirmed: “He’s arriving tonight probably. ?⚫️? #Inter
“Medical on Wednesday morning, then loan deal until June 2023 to be announced with Chelsea – with no buy option/obligation clause. #CFC”
On Tuesday afternoon, Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta confirmed that Lukaku is due in Milan imminently to complete his move, telling reporters outside an Italian Football Federation meeting in Rome that Lukaku will arrive ‘this evening, I think.’
Romelu Lukaku is believed to have taken a pay cut to make the loan deal happen.
Reports have it that Thomas Tuchel isn’t looking for an out-and-out striker as a replacement for Lukaku, but rather a versatile forward who can play across the lines.
Chelsea have been linked with a number of forwards, but former Manchester United defender John O’Shea has advised Chelsea to rather go for Everton star Richarlison.
He told Paddy Power: “Strikers always command big fees and Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are no different.
“Richarlison didn’t have the best of seasons last year, but he did turn up in a couple of big, important games for Everton and in an ideal scenario, Frank Lampard would look to hang on to him.
“But if Everton do sell Richarlison, whether he goes to Arsenal will depend on whether they can get both Raphinha and Gabriel Jesus in.
“If Romelu Lukaku leaves, there will be a space at Chelsea for him. One big transfer will probably trigger three or four other big transfers too.
“This is when everything gets moving and the excitement builds up as the start of the season approaches.”
Thomas Tuchel will as well be pleased with the Romelu Lukaku loan deal, as it wasn’t his signing in the first place.