Romelu Lukaku will return to Chelsea when his current loan spell with Inter Milan ends.
The Belgian stroker re-joined the Italian club at the start of this season, but that was only for one year, and, unless they have a dramatic change of heart, there is no appetite on the side of the Serie A side to make the move permanent.
The forward has struggled with injuries all season and, according to the CEO of Inter, Beppe Marotta, he does not “find the competitive form that is his main strength.”
This potentially leaves Chelsea with a big problem because Lukaku is still under contract with them until 2026, but with a deal for Christopher Nkonku now tied up there does not appear to be any place for him at Stamford Bridge.
His value will not have been enhanced by his season back in Italy with Inter, and, given his wages, it may be difficult to find another club ready to take him back on loan again.
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