Inter hope to complete Romelu Lukaku deal this week – but Chelsea want £8.5m loan fee plus add-ons for flop striker

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INTER MILAN are reportedly hopeful that they can complete a deal to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the club this week.

Chelsea only forked out £97.5million for the striker 12 months ago but his second stint at Stamford Bridge has turned into a nightmare.

Romelu Lukaku’s Chelsea nightmare looks like it could soon be overGetty

New Blues owner Todd Boehly and manager Thomas Tuchel are both allegedly keen to get the Belgian off the wage bill.

Many supporters have described the striker as “the worst transfer of all time” with some supporters now desperate for him to leave.

And Chelsea are open to discussing a loan move to free up space in the Stamford Bridge squad for new additions.

The 29-year-old, who still has four years remaining on his contract, has already made it clear that he wants to go back to the San Siro in his controversial interview last winter.

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Inter cannot afford to buy him outright this summer – but talks have been taking place over a package to get him on loan.

Now transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has offered an update on the situation and he suggests that an agreement could be finalised over the coming days if the Serie A club meet Chelsea’s demand and pay an £8.5m loan fee plus add-ons.

He tweeted: “Inter are optimistic to get Romelu Lukaku’s deal done by the end of this week. €7m plus add-ons bid already submitted, Chelsea asked for €10m. plus add-ons.

“There’s no obligation to buy clause included in the negotiation as things stand. Never been discussed.”

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The two parties have had plenty to iron out with Inter unable to pay all of Lukaku’s £325,000 salary.

But he seems to have solved that issue himself as he is said to be willing to take a pay cut – which could see him even slash his wages by half to secure a loan deal and put a torrid year at Chelsea behind him.

Lukaku only managed to score eight Premier League goals in his disappointing comeback campaign and soon lost his place to Kai Havertz in the second half of the season.

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