Inter 'will open negotiations with Chelsea over Lukaku's loan'

Inter Milan ‘will open negotiations with Chelsea over the renewal of Romelu Lukaku’s loan deal after their Champions League tie with Porto’… and Italian side are ‘hoping for a discount on £7m loan fee’

  • Both Inter Milan and Romelu Lukaku are eager to extend the Belgian’s loan deal 
  • The striker reportedly does not want to leave the Italian outfit for a second time 
  • There are hopes that the Blues will negotiate a discounted price for Lukaku 

Inter Milan are reportedly keen on opening negotiations with Chelsea over Romelu Lukaku’s loan deal after their Champions League clash with Porto. 

The Belgian international has spent the season on loan with his former side after falling out of favour in Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea team. 

Though he’s only contributed one goal in the Italian top-flight this season, there are hopes from the San Siro that they will be able to secure the striker for another year. 

According to La Gazzetta, Inter Milan will discuss the renewal of Lukaku’s loan after their upcoming Champions League Round of 16 tie. 

The Italian outfit will host Porto in their first-leg of the tie on February 22nd before travelling to Portugal for the return leg on March 14th. 

Inter Milan are hopeful they’ll be able to renew Romelu Lukaku’s loan deal in Italy

Simone Inzaghi’s side will look to secure a discounted deal on any deal for the Belgian striker

The current agreement sees Inter pay £7million (€8m) in loan fees, with an additional £2.6million (€3m) in potential add-ons, but they’re hopeful Chelsea will drop the price.

The Italian outlet claim that Inter will want to ‘halve’ the current fees in the Lukaku’s deal and will use the striker’s struggling form as leverage in negotiations.

Inter are also aware of Chelsea’s desire to loan Lukaku again next season, which would help them in securing a discounted price for the striker. 

Lukaku, who joined Chelsea from Inter Milan in a £97.5 million deal in 2021, has no urge to leave the Italian outfit for a second time in his career.

The Belgian international has also made contact in last few days with Sebastien Ledure, who is the lawyer that helped orchestrate his return to Inter, over a move. 

Inter also hope that the relationship forged during negotiations for youngster Cesare Casadei – who is now on loan at Reading – will aid in discussions over Lukaku.

The same outlet suggest that, in the case that Inter are not able to secure Lukaku’s renewal, then they may turn their attention to Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino.

The Brazilian’s contract at Anfield is expiring soon and there are hopes from Italy that they’d be able to sign Firmino for a discounted price. 

Lukaku has scored just two goals in all competitions in his second stint with the Serie A side

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