Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku is said to be willing to take a wage cut to rejoin Inter and he has already given his approval to a return.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that ‘new signs’ to return to Inter have arrived from Lukaku and that is key, because of how Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK government. Inter are paying attention to the situation at Stamford Bridge because they are interested in having the Belgian back.
Three conditions must be met for Inter to sign him though. The first one is that Abramovich will have to sell Chelsea and that is because Marina Granovskaia will not agree for a sale on a lesser amount than what he was signed him. A new owner will start with a clean slate.
The second condition is that the deal must be done on a loan formula. Steven Zhang is not in a position to make a significant investment to bring the Belgian back, especially for someone who is now 29.
The third condition is that Lukaku will have to take a wage cut from what he currently earns. He earns €12.5 million per season at Chelsea. To return to Milan he would have to significantly reduce his salary, agreeing to return to earn more or less what he got in Milan before flying to London, or €7.5 million plus bonuses. Lukaku is willing to take that wage cut and contacts have been more active than before too.
It is Lukaku who has made the first move and there is a feeling that the first condition will be met, but it is the second condition which is doubtful. Tottenham are said to be keeping an eye on the striker too.