Chelsea have had an offer for Romelu Lukaku rejected by Inter Milan.

August 3, 2021

Chelsea in talks about re-acquiring Lukaku but have not reached Inter’s valuation; £85m offer – which included Marcos Alonso – turned down by Italian champions; having played a key role in their Serie A win last season, Lukaku is happy at Inter and fully focused on the new season

Chelsea’s proposal would have also seen left-back Marcos Alonso move to Inter, according to Sky in Italy.

The offer came after the Premier League club were warned it would take an offer of more than €100m (£85m) to tempt the Italian champions to sell Lukaku.

The 28-year-old played a key role in Inter’s Serie A win last season, scoring 24 goals.

Inter need to reduce their wage bill this summer and title-winning boss Antonio Conte left the club in May amid concerns about plans to cut his budget.

However, Lukaku is very happy and settled at Inter and ready to give his all next season.

After finishing in UEFA’s official team of Euro 2020, he went on holiday to the Caribbean and the USA, where he stuck rigidly to his personal training programme.

He is back training with Inter now and is fully focused on the new season.

Chelsea are determined to sign a world-class striker and their other main target this summer has been Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.

Lukaku previously spent three years at Chelsea after signing from Anderlecht as a teenager in 2011.

However, he made only 15 appearances for the club – failing to score a goal – before moving to Everton for £28m in July 2014.

He was close to a return in July 2017 but opted to join Manchester United for £75m.

Inter signed him from United for £73m two years ago.

From SkySports