Chelsea has set their sights to sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan. There was a somewhat underwhelming fan protest at the headquarters of Inter following reports that Romelu Lukaku will be sold to Chelsea for €130 million.
The striker’s return to Stamford Bridge is thought to be in the final stages of negotiations. This football transfer will bring an end to his two-season stint with the Nerazzurri. He arrived at the Italian club in 2019 and has scored 64 goals in just 95 competitive games.
He has earlier played at Chelsea for four years between 2011 to 2014 out of which he was loaned for two years to West Bromwich and Everton. At the Blues, he has made 10 appearances but couldn’t score any goal.
Fans are outraged online, but it does not appear that this has yet translated to the streets, as there was only one protester at the club HQ this afternoon. The man pinned a handwritten sign to the door that read, ‘Lukaku non si tocca’ (Lukaku is untouchable).
The fan told reporters, “If we sell Lukaku, we’ll have to completely transform the squad, the tactics, the way we play. We lose Lukaku to bring in who, Giacomo Raspadori? Let’s not kid around here. Do we want to win or spend another 10-15 years without a trophy, watching Juventus, Milan, and others?”
“Steven Zhang said just three weeks ago that the big moves were finished. I wouldn’t sell Lukaku even for €150m. We’d balance the books, but then what team do we have left?”
Inter have already parted company with coach Antonio Conte just days after their first Serie A title since 2010. Chelsea remains determined to sign Lukaku despite Inter having rejected a second offer of £85m for the Belgian. An offer of between £94m (€110m) and £102m (€120m) could convince Inter chairman Steven Zhang to sell.