Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku to rejoin Inter Milan permanently in 2024

Inter Milan’s financial difficulties made it impossible for Lukaku to return permanently.

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is reportedly set to stay at Inter Milan on loan next season before completing a permanent return in 2024.

The Belgium star was lured back to Chelsea for a £97.5m fee in the summer of 2021, but he made a rod for his own back within a few months of rejoining.

Lukaku admitted his frustrations with Thomas Tuchel’s system to Italian media and claimed that he was pining for a return to Italy, which saw Tuchel cut him from the first XI.

The former United player ended the 2021-22 campaign with 15 goals and two assists from 44 outings in all competitions.

He only started 16 Premier League games and returned to Inter on loan over the summer.

The Nerazzurri’s financial difficulties made it impossible for Lukaku to return permanently, and he only scored one goal in three appearances before suffering a serious muscular injury.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the 29-year-old is poised to remain on loan at Simone Inzaghi’s side for the 2023-24 season, and the two clubs have also agreed an unspecified transfer fee.

The report also adds that rapper Jay-Z has been heavily involved in the saga surrounding Lukaku, as the 52-year-old has a close relationship with Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly.

Lukaku has netted 65 goals and provided 17 assists in 98 appearances for Inter across all competitions. He played important role in Inter’s Serie A triumph in 2020/21.

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