Inter Poised for New Round of Negotiations with Chelsea

Inter have gotten in touch with lawyer Sebastien Ledure, who assists Romelu Lukaku, in recent days to start arranging the extension of his permanence in Milan. While he’s widely expected to stay past his season-long loan, the Nerazzurri and Chelsea will have to negotiate to make it happen.

Per La Gazzetta dello Sport, it will occur after the two Champions League tilts with Portos, so in March. La Beneamata is keen on retaining him even though he hasn’t shined so far, primarily due to injury. They were offered Roberto Firmino in case the Belgian departed, but their priority is to strike an agreement to keep their current striker.

Lukaku is also adamant about staying at Inter, which should facilitate the talks, as was the case last summer. The Italian side wishes to renew the loan while paying less. They spent an €8M fee to bring him in this season, and they’d cut the sum in half in their ideal plans.

According to TuttoSport, sporting director Piero Ausilio is in London to test the waters on a few matters. He might meet with the Chelsea hierarchy, and the sale of Denzel Dumfries will be on the table. In addition, Norberto Neto is the most likely candidate to become their new deputy goalkeeper.

Our Take on Inter and Lukaku

When there’s a will, there’s a way, and all parties seem on the same page. The Blues have clearly moved on from him. On the other hand, the Nerazzurri should be a little cautious and wait it out, considering his injury woes and subpar performances. It’s still early, after all.

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