Chelsea bought Romelu Lukaku for a club record of £101 million from Inter Milan last summer.
The Belgian international has been a pale shadow of himself. Romelu Lukaku started life at Chelsea on a very good note scoring three goals in his first three Premier League appearances.
However, injury, COVID-19, and off-field issues saw Romelu Lukaku’s form decline, and also lost his place in the Chelsea lineup to Kai Havertz. The Belgian international fell out with Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel mid-way through the season after Lukaku in a controversial interview with Sky Sports criticize Thomas Tuchel for playing him out of position and professing his love for Inter Milan.
Romelu Lukaku seems to have rediscovered his form later part of the last season scoring three goals in two Premier League starts for Chelsea. Some still think Romelu Lukaku should be given chances to prove himself at Chelsea.
Lukaku was Chelsea’s top goal scorer in all competitions, scoring 15 goals in 44 appearances.
Inter Milan has shown interest in bringing Romelu Lukaku back to the Serie A. Lukaku was unplayable during his time at Inter Milan helping them win The Italian Serie A for the first time in 10 years. Romelu Lukaku scored sixty-four goals in ninty-five appearances for Inter Milan.
As things stand Inter Milan is willing to get Romelu Lukaku on a season loan deal but Chelsea is demanding £ 20 million-plus Inter Milan paying his full wages.
Simon Jordan believes Chelsea getting £ 20 million from the loan deal for Lukaku this summer will be good business for the blues.
What did Simon Jordan say?
The former Crystal Palace owner said via talkSPORTS : “It’s interesting that they are going to put him out on loan and want a £20m loan fee because it means they can keep him on their balance sheet and still demand money for him.
“If he costs £97.5m, the player is depreciating by £20m a year. So if Chelsea can keep him on their balance sheet and put him out on loan and get £20m for him, they are making a monetary transaction that makes financial sense.”
Simon Jordan continued: “Of course, if he goes off to Inter Milan, where a lot of people say is a far easier league to score goals in, they might find themselves in a situation where Inter have cleared their decks because don’t forget, the reason why Antonio Conte left is that they didn’t have any dough and they wanted to be able to capitalize on sales.
“In 18 months or a year, Inter might then find themselves in a better position and Chelsea might be able to punt Lukaku out for £70m or £80m, and they will make money from a transaction.
“So from a footballing point of view, if Tuchel doesn’t want him then it’s a no-brainer, he’s got to go.
“From a financial point of view, this deal is a no-brainer. Ultimately they’re getting their money back from Inter for what they paid for the player.
“So all of these things make sense if the player is not going to get his head-on.”