Chelsea: Potential 'twist' as £97.5m star could now leave Stamford Bridge

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel reacts to a decision

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku could seal a sensational switch back to Inter Milan just 10 months after he moved in the opposite direction, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The 29-year-old became the Blues’ record signing when they paid £97.5 million for his services last August following seven years away from the club he originally joined as a teenager.

What is the latest news involving Lukaku?

Lukaku, who initially moved to Stamford Bridge as a 17-year-old from Belgian side Anderlecht in 2011, signed a five-year deal worth £325,000-per-week upon completing his comeback to Chelsea.

However, things have not gone to plan for the Belgium international since, who has struggled to adapt to the demands of manager Thomas Tuchel.

And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Inter are ‘due to hold talks’ with Lukaku’s lawyer over a possible return to San Siro, although any deal is said to be complicated.

The Italian giants are enduring financial difficulties at this moment in time, and a loan move is said to be ‘the only realistic possibility’ of the Nerazzurri recapturing the prolific marksman.

What has Jones said about Lukaku?

Jones has now provided an update on Lukaku’s situation, revealing that a return to Inter ‘is on’ if the financial aspect can be agreed upon, but a ‘potential twist’ could occur due to Bayern Munich’s sudden interest.

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He told GiveMeSport: “I’ve spoken to a good source on this, and Romelu Lukaku and a return to Inter Milan is on – now the finances of the deal just need to fall into place.

“Also, though, a potential twist could yet come from Bayern Munich. I’m told they suddenly have his situation on their radar in light of the fact (Robert) Lewandowski is not going to return for next season.”

What has gone wrong for Lukaku?

Lukaku revived his career with Inter following two underwhelming campaigns with Manchester United, registering 64 goals and 16 assists in 95 appearances across all competitions.

The 6 foot 3 ace thrived in Antonio Conte’s counter-attacking system, firing his side to their first Serie A title in 11 years and breaking Juventus’ dominance in style.

Tuchel, on the other hand, prefers to play a much more refined brand of football, asking his players to operate in tighter spaces and work the ball between the lines, attacking at a slower pace.

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With Lukaku’s ability to break into space with his powerful running nullified through Chelsea’s more lateral build-up play, the forward only managed to find the back of the net on 15 occasions in 44 outings last term.

If Lukaku were to leave west London once more, it would surely be a sad final chapter in his relationship with Chelsea but one that would perhaps benefit all parties.

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