Chelsea in talks with Inter over structure of Romelu Lukaku return

Chelsea are in talks with Inter over the nature of the deal that will take Romelu Lukaku back to San Siro, 90min understands.

The striker only joined Chelsea from Inter last summer but endured a forgettable comeback season at Stamford Bridge following his £97.5m transfer, with his season derailed by a bout of Covid-19, an ankle injury and an ill-advised interview with Italian media that all came in quick succession.

Ultimately Lukaku managed only 15 goals in all competitions in 2021/22, including just eight in the Premier League – a stark contrast to the 64 goals in 95 games he rattled in for Inter.

Sources have told 90min that Lukaku has signalled he has his heart set upon a return to the Nerazzurri – something he had already publicly revealed in that conversation with Sky Sports Italia – and Chelsea will not stand in his way.

Such is his eagerness to return to the club he left just one year ago, the 28-year-old is prepared to agree to a pay cut to smoothen his path back to Italy, thus making a 50% tax discount possible for Inter.