Romelu Lukaku landed in Milan this morning to complete his transfer to Inter Milan.
The Chelsea striker flew to Milan’s Linate Airport at around 6.20am local time and posed in an Inter scarf before getting into a car.
“I am so happy to be back,” he said. He will undergo a medical examination at Inter on Wednesday before being officially announced as a new Inter player.
Inter will pay Chelsea a loan fee of £ 6.9 million plus £ 3.5 million in bonuses if they win the Scudetto, and will cover all his salaries this season.
Only the final details of the deal need to be resolved before Inter welcomes Lukaku back to the club just 11 months after he was sold to Chelsea for 97.5 million pounds.
Lukaku has agreed to a 30 per cent pay cut to smooth his departure, with revenues falling from £ 10m a year after taxes to £ 7m.
The breakthrough last week came after several rounds of talks over the past few weeks involving Lukaku’s lawyer, Sebastian Ledure, and Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta.
Lukaku has scored just eight Premier League goals in 26 games last season after returning to Stamford Bridge for a record club fee.
In December, Lukaku said The sky in Italy he wanted to return to Inter one day, saying: “I really hope in the depths of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a still good level, to hope to win more.”
It was revealed last week that Inter could not afford to sign Lukaku – who scored 64 goals in 95 games and helped them win the Serie A title during their time at the club – with a permanent contract.
Chelsea have decided to let Lukaku leave after talks between Todd Boelli – who was appointed chairman and interim sports director on Wednesday – and Thomas Tuchel, as well as discussions between Boelli and Lukaku.
The owner and head coach wanted to quickly decide Lukaku’s future so they could focus on strengthening their team this summer.
Chelsea want to attract Rahim Stirling from Manchester City, while Richardson, Usman Dembele, Jules Kund, Matthias de Ligt, Jonathan Klaus and Milan Skriniar are also targets.
The Blues are also in talks with Leeds for a deal for winger Rafinha, and the club is ready to sanction a deal for over 50 million pounds to conclude the deal.
Inter ultras: We will not welcome Lukaku with scarves or banners
Inter’s ultras issued a statement urging fans not to welcome Lukaku when he arrives in Milan.
The club’s most loyal fans say he will have to win their respect again through his performances after he left last summer to rejoin Chelsea.
A statement said: “As Lukaku’s return to Inter is very likely, several things need to be clarified.
“Whore Nord supports Inter Milan and will not organize a protest against the player (despite his behavior last summer). Given that, no one will go to greet him with scarves and banners representing Curva or her groups. He will have to win all this, in case it will be done for him in the future with humility and sweat on the field.
“He was supported (and treated) as a king, now he is just a player like many others.
“It will also be clear to everyone that we will never applaud Lukaku if he wears the Inter shirt again.
“We encourage all stakeholders [Inter fans] not to fall into the other trap anyway, to run and drool after it.
“It is clear that there is an instinctive and emotional element, but to pretend that nothing has happened would only speed up this process, which aims to make us all stupid and slavish users.
“We noted Lukaku’s betrayal and were extremely disappointed.
“In time, we can even forgive such things to a footballer, but the facts will not change.
“Now, Romelu, let’s kick and run.”
“One of the worst transfers in the history of PL”
Sky Sports News chief reporter Cave Solhekol:
“There is no positive twist you can put on that. The transfer will go down in Premier League history as one of the worst transfer deals of all time. Chelsea signed him for almost £ 100 million, he was brilliant for two seasons at Inter, but he came to Chelsea and things quickly started to go wrong.
“He gave this interview to The sky in Italy in which he basically said he wanted to return to Inter. From the outside, his heart didn’t seem to be in him. I understand he doesn’t particularly like the way Chelsea play under Thomas Tuchel, but he doesn’t seem to have tried too hard to adapt. I think most Chelsea fans will be happy to see his back.
“But it’s an incredible story, a player who was signed for almost £ 100 million returns to Inter a year later for what will probably be a loan deal, and Inter will pay £ 10 million as a start. And then there’s his salary because he gets about £ 325,000 a week at Chelsea. Someone close to the negotiations told us yesterday that he was leaving. He has no future at Chelsea. “
Which positions are aimed at Chelsea?
Sky Sports News Senior Reporter Melissa Reddy:
Chelsea are moving forward with their summer recruitment plans now that Todd Boyle’s consortium to take over the club has been completed.
The Blues already have an oral agreement with Sevilla defender Jules Kunde, with the Spanish club preferring a quick deal as they seek to balance their balance before June 30.
Negotiations for a deal for Kunde failed last year, but there is optimism on all sides that this time it will be over.
Presnel Kimpembe from Paris Saint-Germain is part of the list of central defense options and is a preference of Thomas Tuchel. Jose Jimenez from Atletico Madrid and Yosko Guardiol from RB Leipzig are also among those observed.
The Chelsea match: first Lampard’s Everton, then the Spurs
Chelsea started the 2022/23 season with a trip to Everton by Frank Lampard live Sky Sports before hosting London’s Spurs rival in their first home game.
Thomas Tuchel’s team will face the Blues Lampard legend in Goodison Park on August 6, starting at 5.30 pm, before Tottenham visit Stamford Bridge a week later.
Chelsea will host Liverpool in West London on 17 September, Manchester United on 22 October and Arsenal on 5 November.
Their last match before the one-month break for the World Cup is away in Newcastle and they continue their campaign on Boxing Day against the newly promoted Bournemouth.
Chelsea travel to Tottenham on February 25 and Arsenal on April 29, the latter being the start of a great last five games, including Manchester City as a guest on the penultimate weekend of the season and Newcastle at home on the last day.
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