Antonio Cassano, a former Inter Milan player, has encouraged the club not to pursue a deal to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the San Siro this summer. Despite returning to Chelsea less than a year ago, football.london knows Lukaku wants to depart this summer window.
In August of last year, the 29-year-old joined for Chelsea for a club-record £97.5 million, but he failed to light up the Premier League during the 2021/22 season. Lukaku only scored eight goals in the Premier League and seems out of place in Thomas Tuchel’s system.
So it’s no surprise that the Belgium international is already on the lookout for a way out of Chelsea. Lukaku’s preferred destination is Inter, but the Italian club cannot afford his £325,000-a-week salary.
A loan arrangement appears to be more plausible than a permanent contract. If Inter becomes Lukaku’s next club, Chelsea may be forced to pay a significant portion of the striker’s salary.
With Paulo Dybala appearing increasingly set to join Inter, Cassano believes that adding Lukaku to the mix will lead to Lautaro Martinez’s departure from the San Siro. The outspoken Italian declared on his Bobo TV feed, in his caustic style: “I would not return him [Lukaku] .
“He stated that he would be joining his dream squad and earning €15 million. However, he no longer kicks a ball in London and wishes to return to Italy.
“Also, you have to pay for him first, and then you have to watch how the supporters react: if he scores two goals each game, that’s fine, but otherwise the issue becomes quite problematic. Lukaku will have to consider it. At this time, I believe he should remain at Chelsea.”
Despite the fact that Lukaku’s future has been a subject of debate, Chelsea advisor Petr Cech recently stated that the striker will remain at Stamford Bridge next season. Cech told Sky Sports News, ” “I believe he will have a terrific season because we saw how strong he can be at the start of the season when he came in.
“Unfortunately, the long-term injury he sustained versus Villa delayed things down, and he was also diagnosed with COVID. We could see how strong he is near the conclusion of the season when he was fit and ready to go again.
“We had a COVID issue as a team around Christmastime, and he was one of the players that was afflicted. I’m confident he’ll bounce back and have a successful season.”