Serie A giants have tabled a second offer for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku as they look to bring the Belgian attacker back to San Siro this summer, it has been reported.
Lukaku joined Chelsea from Inter in 2021, but after a dismal campaign at Stamford Bridge the £97m addition spent last season back with Nerazzurri on loan.
Now, they wish to make that deal permanent, and the west London side are willing to cut their losses on the 30-year-old after he made it clear he only wanted to return to Serie A, turning down several proposals from Saudi Arabia.
Speaking to the media, Inter boss Inzaghi explained that “Lukaku is Chelsea player now. We all know how crucial he has been for us”.
However, he added that “I did my best to bring him back last summer, we’d like to re-sign Romelu also this summer. We’ll do our best to make it happen”.
Now, the Nerazzurri have moved to do exactly that, though it is believed that they are waiting on the potential sale of Andre Onana before committing any funds to a move for Lukaku, with the club needing to sell before they add to their ranks.
As per the London Evening Standard, they have ‘submitted a second bid worth an initial £25.7million’ to re-sign the Belgian, an offer well below Chelsea’s demands of £40m.
However, they add that discussions continue ‘over a package of add-ons that will take the overall deal closer to Chelsea’s £40m asking price’, with Lukaku having been given permission to miss the start of Chelsea’s pre-season campaign and desperate to leave Stamford Bridge ‘at all costs’.
Chelsea remain on the hunt for a new no.9 themselves, and have been linked to a host of names including Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo-Muani and Juventus forward Dusan Vlahovic, though nothing is advanced with any player.