Inter Milan president drops huge transfer clue on Romelu Lukaku’s future amid Chelsea links
Inter Milan president Steven Zhang has admitted the club may be forced to sell striker Romelu Lukaku this summer.
Lukaku has been heavily linked with a sensational return to Chelsea, the club he left in 2014 after a frustrating time.
During his time with the Blues, the Belgium international only managed to make 10 league appearances after spending three years in west London, albeit with a few loans.
The 28-year-old then traveled to Everton, where he shone, but a move to Manchester United proved disappointing for the center-forward.
He has, however, regained his form at Inter – where he scored 24 league goals last season in the club’s winning Serie A campaign.
Antonio Conte, however, left the Milan squad after falling out with the club hierarchy over their plans to sell some of their key players.
Now Inter chairman Zhang has revealed that the club need to “cut costs and control risks”, which hints that a move for Lukaku could be considered.
“From the first moment we took over Inter, we thought that [Antonio] Conte would be the best coach for our project, ”said Zhang Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“Two years ago we finally managed to get him to the Nerazzurri.
“I was and remain convinced that Conte is a winning coach, which is why we have invested so much in him and in the team over the past two years.
“Last summer the pandemic had a big impact on our income but we continued with it, focusing on the season convinced we could win.
“The decision was right, but now the bill brought by the pandemic is such that we cannot fail to review the situation by seeking savings which will lead to a future balanced budget.
“We need to reduce costs and control risks. This obviously also influences the transfer market strategy. Our different views on the situation led to the separation.
“What was not fundamental for him was for the club, and vice versa.
“Conte is a top coach, but as president I have to think about the strength of the club.”
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According to Sunday World, Chelsea’s two “priority targets” are Lukaku and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
Roman Abramovich is “ready to invest” in Lukaku and bring him back to west London, with the Blues owner still considering the Belgian to be one of the best strikers in the world.
Chelsea finished the 2020/21 season with Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham the top scorers, with just 12 goals apiece in all competitions.