The future of Romelu Lukaku hangs in the balance as talks between Inter Milan and Chelsea loom. The Belgian striker, who arrived at Stamford Bridge for a record-breaking transfer fee, was loaned back to his former club Inter for this season, but the question remains as to where he will be plying his trade come next season.
Reports from football insider Fabrizio Romano suggest that the two clubs will hold discussions about Lukaku’s future in the coming weeks, but much will depend on whether Chelsea can appoint a new manager before the end of the season. It is widely expected that Mauricio Pochettino will take the helm at Stamford Bridge, and it remains to be seen whether he sees Lukaku as a key part of his plans.
Despite Lukaku’s impressive goal-scoring record, his form in Italy this season has been somewhat underwhelming, with just nine goals in 26 games across all competitions. With Financial Fair Play regulations also in play, it may make sense for Chelsea to avoid delving into the transfer market and instead rely on the services of the 28-year-old.
However, if Inter come in with an attractive offer, the London club may have to weigh up whether selling Lukaku is worth the risk of failing to find a suitable replacement within their budget.
Ultimately, it is clear that Lukaku’s future is far from settled. What is certain is that his decision – and that of Chelsea’s upcoming manager – will have a major impact on the London side’s prospects for next season.