Manchester City and Chelsea have been boosted by the news that Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku will be available this summer.
Both clubs were recently linked with the 27-year-old, who returned to his best form for the Serie A side. After experiencing mixed fortunes for two seasons with Manchester United, he was sold to Inter in August 2019. And the Belgium international has scored 44 top-level goals in Italy in 65 outings. The former Everton ace is 21 that term, helping Inter climb to the top of the table.
They are 11 points ahead of city rival AC Milan and are on track for their first Scudetto since 2009-2010. Lukaku’s prowess in front of goal raised his profile – and his expected price.
Last month, Corriere Dello Sport suggested that the Nerazzurri would expect to receive € 120m for the Belgian. It remains to be seen whether any clubs are prepared to pay this amount during financially difficult times.
Lukaku was on Chelsea’s books between 2011 and 2014. However, he only made 15 appearances in all competitions and rarely had a start.
The Antwerp-born forward spent 2012-13 on loan with West Brom, scoring 17 goals. He was then loaned out to Everton the following season and it looked like his days at Stamford Bridge were over.
The move to Goodison Park became permanent and he spent four productive seasons in Merseyside. After scoring 87 times in all competitions, the Belgium international has moved on to Old Trafford.
He has managed 42 goals in 96 games played but hasn’t been consistent enough. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chose to let him go after replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm.
Recent reports have linked the powerful front-line leader to a return to West London. Calciomercato suggested the Blues consider signing the player again.
And Athletic also report that Lukaku is expected to return to the Premier League this summer.
Lukaku could be Werner’s replacement
Timo werner has struggled since moving to Chelsea from RB Leipzig last summer. Earlier this week, it was reported that the FA Cup finalists were running low on patience.
German is said to be borrowed on time and must impress before the end of the campaign to stay. While there are likely to be plenty of suitors for Lukaku, he could be a fit replacement for the Germany international.
He knows the Premier League well and is now a much improved player for anyone who struggled in Manchester.
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