Romelu Lukaku has refused to play in an Inter Milan friendly due to a phone call from Chelsea scheduled for today.
Romelu Lukaku is reportedly on the verge of rejoining Chelsea.
Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku has reportedly requested that he not play in their pre-season friendly against Parma on Sunday. According to reports, the Belgian striker is close to completing a major summer transfer to Chelsea.
As they prepare to fight for the Premier League crown next season, the European champions have been interested in adding a new striker during the summer transfer window.
However, they have enjoyed a quiet transfer window so far, with Marcus Bettinelli joining on a free transfer from Fulham.
With a reported £100 million-plus move for Lukaku edging closer, that appears poised to alter.
They had been connected with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, but it now appears that they have switched their focus to the Belgium international.
Lukaku made 10 appearances for Chelsea between 2011 and 2014 until former Blues manager Jose Mourinho traded him to Everton.
Last season, he helped Inter win their first Serie A title in eleven years, finishing 12 points ahead of rivals AC Milan.
His 24 goals in 30 games for the Italian champions were important in their Scudetto-winning season.
Inter must now balance their books after spending substantially in recent transfer windows, including £74 million to recruit Luakau from Manchester United in 2019.
Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte stepped down at the end of last season due to the club’s desire to sell numerous key players.
Simone Inzaghi, the current Inter manager, is now facing the potential of losing his main number nine this summer.
Lukaku has declined to play for his present team in a pre-season friendly against Parma, according to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, despite his impending return to Chelsea.
Inter director Marina Granovskaia is expected to call Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia today to finalize the deal.
Chelsea will be seeking to improve on their fourth-place finish in the Premier League last season.
After winning the Champions League, Thomas Tuchel’s squad will be expected to fight for the Premier League crown next season.
Chelsea’s triumph in Porto at the end of last season means that they will play their first competitive match of the new season in Europe.
The Blues will face Europa League winners Villareal in the UEFA Cup after winning the Champions League. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”