Inter hesitated with Lukaku
Ever since he was a young player, Lukaku has received the attention of many big men in Europe. In the end, Chelsea were the winners when they signed him in 2011. However, the Blues loaned Lukaku everywhere, before selling him outright to Everton in 2014.
At the Merseyside team, Lukaku shines brightly with 87 goals and 29 assists in 166 appearances. He was recruited by MU in 2017 for £ 75 million. At Old Trafford, the striker has 42 goals and 13 assists in 96 games, a number that is not bad but not worth the price.
After only 2 seasons, MU pushed Lukaku to Inter for £ 73 million and he was like a “fish in water” when playing in Serie A. The Belgian striker scored 64 goals after only 95 appearances, and forced the old team Chelsea spent £ 97.5 million to buy him back in 2021.
However, Lukaku still could not succeed in the Premier League environment with the Blues, and then was loaned to Inter again in the 2022/23 season. This time, he only scored 10 goals and added 6 more assists in 25 games in all competitions.
This number is not impressive enough for Inter to be willing to spend a lot of money to buy Lukaku outright. They can only spend a maximum of £ 35 million plus surcharges, and this number makes Chelsea not very interested.
The Blues ask for £40m and are considering offers from Al-Hilal as well as Juventus. Both teams are willing to spend heavily to have the Belgian striker.
Lukaku has reassured Inter that he has no intention of moving to Juventus nor does he accept an offer from Al-Hilal. The 30-year-old star is only focused on returning to Inter.
And to show his determination, Lukaku is even willing to take a pay cut to try to speed up the transfer process. Lukaku – who is earning almost £140,000 a week after tax at Chelsea – has offered to reduce his salary to approximately £120,000 a week to return to Inter. That would cost Lukaku almost £1 million a year in salary.
New Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino says he expects Lukaku to return to the club for pre-season training on Wednesday or Thursday. But it is highly likely that Lukaku will not return and hopefully, Chelsea will agree to sell him as soon as possible.
At the age of 30, Lukaku, with his inherent clumsiness, can hardly meet the intensity of the Premier League, as well as squeeze into Pochettino’s squad. The former Everton and MU striker is now only fit for a second division championship like Serie A.
But even at Inter, Lukaku is not easy to get a starting position. This team just parted ways with Edin Dzeko – who moved to Türkiye to play for Fenerbahce, but recruited Marcus Thuram in the form of CNTD instead.
The French striker is young, 25 years old, quite prolific and has just had an impressive season with M’Gladbach when he scored 16 goals and added 7 assists after 32 appearances in all competitions.
If he quickly integrates at Inter, Thuram is expected to start in attack with Lautaro Martinez, and Lukaku will only be a backup plan for this duo. Therefore, Inter will not be too drastic to spend everything on Lukaku.
But the Belgian striker still only wants to wear the Inter shirt, because he finds this is the best environment for him at the moment. Now, it’s just waiting for Chelsea to fulfill Lukaku’s wishes.