Chelsea have told Romelu Lukaku he will be allowed to join Internazionale on loan if the deal makes sense financially.
Lukaku is desperate to return to Inter after falling out of favour at Chelsea, who broke their transfer record when they bought the striker for £97.5m last summer, and there is a desire from all parties for the move to go through.
According to The Guardian, Thomas Tuchel has no intention of standing in the Belgian’s way and talks between the clubs are under way.
Chelsea’s new owners, Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, have made clear to Lukaku that they are ready to find a solution with Inter.
The Guardian reports that Lukaku was disappointing last season and does not look suited to Tuchel’s system.
Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, the co-founder of Clearlake, will be guided by Tuchel on football matters and have taken into account their manager’s views on the 29-year-old striker.
However, a significant amount of work needs to be done if Lukaku, whose lawyer has been in touch with Inter, is to leave. Inter cannot afford to sign him on a permanent basis and Chelsea, who could join the race to sign Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, could demand as much as £25m as a loan fee. They will also want the Italian club to cover a heavy portion of the former Manchester United player’s £325,000-a-week wages.
It could be difficult for Inter to meet those demands given financial issues forced them to sell Lukaku last year. They are trying to sign Paulo Dybala, with the Argentina forward set to leave Juventus on a free transfer, but could lose more key players. Tottenham want to strengthen their defence by signing Alessandro Bastoni and have targeted the Italy international’s fellow Inter centre‑back Milan Skriniar, who has been linked with Chelsea. Inter could also receive bids for their forward Lautaro Martínez.
Chelsea will make significant funds available for Tuchel to strengthen his attack. Jesus, who wants to leave Manchester City after the signing of Erling Haaland, is on Chelsea’s shortlist. The Brazil striker’s deal runs out next year and City want £45m-£50m for the 25-year-old. Arsenal and Spurs are also trying to sign him.