Inter are close to agreeing a deal to sign Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea, and could announce it is official today.
According to today’s print edition of Rome newspaper Corriere dello Sport, which reports that the deal will cost the Nerazzurri around €21m in their budget for the financial year ending in June 2023.
Talks are well advanced for Lukaku’s return to the Nerazzurri with all parties highly motivated to strike a deal, and the Nerazzurri have increased their offer from €5m as a loan fee to €10m more. 2 million euros of add-ons, €1 million of which would be linked to winning the Scudetto.
This amount, combined with the €9m gross salary the Nerazzurri will pay the Belgian, would mean that the total amount spent on the deal would be around €21m.
Inter president Steven Zhang has no objections to the outlay as the signing is seen as too big and the amount is within reach for the club, even given their financial goals for the summer transfer window.
Things will be reassessed next summer, as due to FIFA’s new loan regulations, players can only be signed on one-year loans rather than multi-season contracts, and therefore the loan will expire next summer.