Explained: Why Chelsea are likely to reject Inter's offer for Romelu Lukaku

  • Inter want Lukaku to stay
  • Spent 2022/23 season on loan in Italy
  • Chelsea demanding certain conditions

WHAT HAPPENED? Inter are poised to make a new offer to try to take Lukaku on loan for a second season, after he scored 10 goals in 28 Serie A games. Chelsea, by comparison, are closing in on the signing of Nicolas Jackson from Villarreal, likely as a replacement for the Belgium international.

WHY IS THE BID GOING TO BE REJECTED? The Daily Telegraph reports that Inter's offer will include an option to buy Lukaku for €30m (£25.7m/$32.8m) at the end of the 2023/24 season. However, Chelsea are insistent on the deal including an obligation rather than an option once the loan expires.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Chelsea are aiming to trim their squad this summer but Inter may need to sell Andre Onana to fund a bid for Lukaku. The goalkeeper was wanted by the Blues but is now in talks with Manchester United.

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WHAT'S NEXT? Lukaku's future is unlikely to be resolved any time soon and may well turn into a saga this summer.

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