English club Chelsea are considering a move to sign Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku but are reportedly unhappy with Inter Milan’s latest offer for the forward.
Lukaku, 30, who rejoined Chelsea from Inter for a record €100 million fee, left for Inter again on a one-year loan after one season.
After completing his one-year loan spell with the Italian club – where he also played in the UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City – he returned to the Blues on 30 June.
However, Chelsea, who have sold several of their key players, are hoping to land the Belgian striker as he is not in new manager Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.
Inter’s first offer for the 30-year-old was deemed unacceptable by Chelsea, who were to have another loan spell with an obligation to buy in 2024.
Lukaku has also received several offers from the Saudi Pro League, but the Belgian rejected the option of playing in the Middle East as he believes he still has much to offer in top-flight European football.
Chelsea have already sold key players such as Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Kalidou Koulibaly, Eduardo Mendy and many more.
Earlier, Pochettino – who is hoping to build an entirely new team with a proper system – said he used a customized training regime to unlock the full potential of Enzo Fernandez, Mykhailo Mudric and Raheem Sterling. Will go
Outlining his plans for the team ahead of pre-season, Pochettino told Chelsea’s website: “Different players come in different circumstances but of course now is an opportunity.”
Chelsea will begin pre-season in the United States with a match against National League champions Wrexham on 19 July.
“I hope we can help him get to his best level, a higher level, and try to perform for Chelsea in the way that people expect,” he added.
“Now is a fresh start, a fresh start, and I think they need to show their true quality. But we need to create this platform to make them feel comfortable and give them breathing space to perform and improve.” need.”
Pochettino also said that Mudrich has a “different mentality and everything to Fernandez”, which is why he would like to spend more time with the 22-year-old.
The veteran Sterling failed to live up to expectations after leaving Manchester City, where he won 10 major trophies, scoring just nine goals in 38 appearances for Chelsea.
“It’s not always the player to blame… We need to look at what’s happening and why they’re not performing the way we expect and then, of course, when all Something is clear, so we cannot give any excuse they should not perform.” Pochettino added.