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OFFICIAL: Lukaku completes Inter Milan loan move

Inter have confirmed the loan signing of striker Romelu Lukaku as the Belgian returns to Serie A after just one disappointing season with Chelsea.

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OFFICIAL: Lukaku completes Inter Milan loan move

The San Siro club will pay the Blues an €8 million (£6.8m/$8.4m) loan fee, with the potential for performance-related add-ons.

Lukaku’s move comes one year after he joined Chelsea for a club-record fee of £100m ($136m) last summer.

The announcement was made by Inter Milan president where Lukaku appeared with club president Steven Zhang atop a building in Milan to confirm the deal.

“So we’re going to score a lot of goals?” Zhang asked Lukaku in a video posted to Inter’s social media accounts.

“That’s what we’re here for,” the striker responded.

“Promise?” “I promise.”

Lukaku, who left Chelsea to join Everton for £28m in 2014, returned to Stamford Bridge last summer on a five-year deal.

But after spells out with injury and illness, he was left out of the starting line-up and, in an interview with Sky Sport Italia, said he was not happy with his role under manager Thomas Tuchel.

After apologising for those comments, Lukaku returned to the Chelsea squad and scored only three times in his final 15 Premier League games of last term as the Blues’ season fizzled out.

Tuchel’s side finished third in the Premier League, while they were beaten by Liverpool on penalties in both the FA Cup and League Cup finals.

The Blues were keen to get Lukaku off their books after a breakdown in the relationship between the striker and manager Thomas Tuchel. He also finished as Chelsea’s leading scorer this past campaign with 15 goals.

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OFFICIAL: Lukaku completes Inter Milan loan move

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly had prioritised the negotiations around Lukaku to kickstart the club’s summer business, while Lukaku was also keen to leave Stamford Bridge.

Inter finished second in Serie A last season, two points behind city rivals AC Milan.

Lukaku’s exit leaves Chelsea short of options in terms of recognised No.9s, though Tuchel has regularly played Kai Havertz through the middle during his 18 months in charge.

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