Romelu Lukaku is determined to leave Chelsea this summer and his lawyer has provided the latest update on his future at Stamford Bridge.
The 30-year-old spent the campaign on loan back at Inter Milan last season after Chelsea sanctioned a loan exit despite Lukaku only joining the club in 2021 for a club-record £97.5 million.
Lukaku’s future now needs to be resolved once again this summer, with Chelsea ready to offload him on a permanent basis. They are reluctant to allow Lukaku to leave on loan again, which Inter Milan currently want due to not being in a position financially to afford to buy him back.
A return to the San Siro to the Nerazzurri is the preferred move, while Inter’s rivals AC Milan have also been linked with a shock potential swoop for the Belgium international as they look to bolster their attack.
Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal were keen on Lukaku, however the forward is reluctant to make the switch because he wants to remain in Europe.
Lukaku’s lawyer, Sebastien Ledure, offered the latest on his client’s future in west London and confirmed no talks had taken place with AC Milan, with Chelsea’s stance over a move outlined.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Ledure said: “No talks ongoing with AC Milan. Romelu wants to stay in Europe; confirmed this by not joining Saudi now.
“Chelsea position: interested clubs have to present a firm offer. Inter have the ball in their court.”
Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio met Chelsea directors in London last week, but only a loan deal has been discussed making any move back to Inter unlikely.
As reported by Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard, Lukaku is ‘determined to fight Chelsea’s attempts to sell him to Al-Hilal’ after rejecting a £6 million pay rise from the Saudi side.
Lukaku is claimed to be willing to halve his £325,000-a-week Chelsea salary to return to Inter on loan next season.