Romelu Lukaku has hired a lawyer to engineer a possible return to his former club Inter after a difficult comeback season at Chelsea.
An unsanctioned interview, injury and Thomas Tuchel’s unwillingness to play to his strengths have left Lukaku unsettled.
Inter aren’t prioritising a move for the 29-year-old, fearing that he would cost too much, with Chelsea soon set to meet Lukaku to discuss his future.
At the moment it doesn’t look like Inter can afford his £325,000-a-week wages which he currently earns and he will be aware of the slight pay cut if the deal eventually becomes successful.
The talks today centre around arranging a possible loan deal where Lukaku agrees to cut his salary by around 40 percent to facilitate a return to San Siro.
However, it is believed that the Blues would ask for a sizeable loan fee between €12 and €24 million which could be seen as problematic in Italy.
An option to buy could be included or a structure that spreads any payment over several seasons.
At the moment, The Blues seem open to selling Timo Werner or Hakim Ziyech, alongside Lukaku, this summer.
It could create space for a new forward with interest around Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku, among others.
Chelsea will only sign attackers if some are sold with many current players having complained about a lack of minutes last season.
They will also bring back Armando Broja from his Southampton loan for pre-season. If he wants a spot in Tuchel’s squad, he will have to impress in a tour in the United States.
It remains to be seen if the Belgian striker who has been struggling in west London will successfully get a move back to Serie A.