Inter Have Made Early Decision on the Future of Lukaku

Inter are sketching out their plans for next season, and they currently don’t involve Romelu Lukaku. Unless he finishes the campaign on a tear, the Nerazzurri won’t attempt to bring him back from Chelsea after an underwhelming loan spell, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

Multiple reasons led to such a call. The management doesn’t believe the striker performed up to their investment, around €20M. In addition, they’ll look to reduce the payroll next summer. They could fit multiple players into what they’ll save on the Belgian star. Moreover, the club prefers more long-term certainty and spending for a starlet they could potentially profit from down the line.

Romelu often voiced his desire to stay at Inter, but he too is unhappy with the situation. He hasn’t produced consistently nor recaptured a major role after recovering from a significant thigh injury. He’d like to play all the time, and he has some reservations about Simone Inzaghi’s tactics and training methods.

Without a superb turnaround down the stretch, the Nerazzurri will move on and pursue a younger striker. The main targets will be Marcus Thuram, although they encounter fierce competition, Mateo Retegui, and Lens’ Lois Openda.

Our Take on Inter and Lukaku

It was worth a shot considering the reasonable conditions of the deal and his previous showings with them. However, such acquisition shouldn’t have cost them Paulo Dybala, plus their strategy for the future was always very murky. It’s not savvy business to constantly operate year-to-year. They don’t seem close to Thuram, while Retegui would be an interesting gamble. If they kept Edin Dzeko, which is way easier compared to his teammate, they’d have time to groom somebody.

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