Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich ‘huge’ fan of Romelu Lukaku and would ‘love’ to sign star
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is a massive fan of Romelu Lukaku and would love to bring the Inter Milan striker back to the club, according to reports.
Lukaku spent three years of his career at Stamford Bridge between 2011 and 2014 but only made 15 first-team appearances, failing to score a single goal.
After successful loan stints with West Brom and Everton, he joined the latter permanently in 2014 and enjoyed three successful season as a full-time player for the Toffees.
Although his time at Manchester United, after a £75million switch, was less successful he has rediscovered his ruthlessness in Italy with Inter.
The Belgium international has plundered 64 goals and 16 assists in 95 matches for the Italian giants and helped the club to a first Serie A title in 11 years last term.
Now, he has emerged as a target for Chelsea once again with Inter’s financial struggles making a deal appear feasible although Lukaku has expressed a desire to remain in Milan.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants to add a prolific centre-forward to his squad to catapult the European champions into Premier League title contention next season.
And Lukaku, who has 113 Premier League goals in 252 appearances added to 35 assists, is an option who Russian oligarch Abramovich is keen on per Eurosport.
Their report says the Chelsea owner is a huge admirer of Lukaku and is keen on the idea of bringing the Belgian back to the Bridge.
Abramovich is said to partly be interested in Lukaku so that he can fulfil the vision that the club had for him a decade ago when he joined from Anderlecht aged 18 for around £20m.
Lukaku’s thoughts on rejoining Chelsea are unclear but the striker has made it clear he is eager to remain at San Siro despite Antonio Conte’s departure.
“I am staying at Inter,” Lukaku, who will hope to add to his 60 Belgium goals at Euro 2020 over the next few weeks, said recently.
“I’ve already spoken to the man who will become our new coach. Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet… but it was a very positive conversation.”
Still, the striker’s stance could well change depend on what happens at Inter over the summer, with several important players such as Chelsea-linked Achraf Hakimi and Lautaro Martinez potentially leaving.
Inter president Steven Zhang admitted that owners Suning’s financial issues could mean that selling former Chelsea striker Lukaku becomes a necessity this summer.
He told Gazzetta Dello Sport: “Last summer the pandemic had greatly affected our revenues but we continued with him, focusing on the season convinced that 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 looking for savings that lead to a future budget balance.
“We must reduce costs and control risks. This obviously also influences the transfer market strategy. Our different views on the situation led to the separation [with Conte].
“What wasn’t fundamental for him, was for the club, and vice-versa. Conte is a top coach, but as president, I have to think about the solidity of the club.”
Transfermarkt say Lukaku’s value stands at £90m, which would make Inter a profit on the fee they paid United for him two years ago, which was believed to be around £74m.
If Lukaku is to leave Inter this summer, it has been reported in Italy that Inter could demand up to £103m for his talents.