Chelsea ‘open’ to loaning Lukaku to Inter Milan, at 25 million in the right currency

Romelu Lukaku’s early exit appears to be getting closer to reality with each passing day, with reports today claiming that Chelsea would in fact be open to the possibility, as long as it makes ‘financial sense’.

So what does this mean for a situation that started without any financial sense in the first place?

According to Goal, it’s a €25m loan fee. According to the Guardian, that fee is actually £25m, which is more like €30m, but currencies are tricky and often confusing to rumour. The Guardian report makes it very clear that Chelsea would need Inter to cover a “big chunk” of Lukaku’s club record £325,000 weekly wage. Previous “wage sharing” reports also spoke of a potential 33% pay cut, but there’s no mention of anything like that in this one.

Either way, it seems like everyone wants it to happen, but the question remains whether it’s financially feasible. Money speaks the loudest, as usual.

As for the potential weights, Andrea Bastoni looks set to stay at Inter, although Milan Škriniar could still be a possibility. (Yay!)

Dorothy H. Lewis