Romelu Lukaku’s return to Chelsea could be sealed as soon as tomorrow as the two clubs close in on a deal.
That’s according to Tuttomercatoweb, who say Chelsea have ‘broken the deadlock’ with Inter Milan and are now pressing to get a deal over the line.
The website says that while selling Lukaku is ‘unpleasant’ for both Inter Milan and their fans, the club’s hierarchy have decided to take it into consideration because of the sums involved and their own delicate financial position.
In the last few days, Chelsea have made their intentions clear, offering a sum between €90m and €100m plus Marcos Alonso.
Inter said no but took the situation to the club’s owners, Suning, and it is they who opened up the possibility of a deal.
While Steven Zhang said no to the first offer, he made it clear he would was ‘ready to say goodbye’ to Lukaku for a fee of €120m-130m, with the fixed part at least €110m.
That is seemingly a fee that Chelsea are willing to pay, and so now the idea of everyone involved is to close the operation ‘as soon as possible’.
The Blues are yet to revise their proposal, but it’s felt it is ‘only a matter of time’ before that happens, and there could be a turnaround by the end of the week… ‘most likely by tomorrow’.
If Chelsea match Inter’s demands, it’s said they will sanction the sale, and Lukaku has already, at least by reports, made it clear in private that he wants the return to Stamford Bridge.
He’s set to earn a huge pay rise if he does, with Chelsea offering a deal that could exceed €15m, a big jump from his current €8.5m.
It all depends on Chelsea upping their bid first, though, which it seems could happen much sooner than later at this point.