Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has reached a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with Inter Milan which means Romelu Lukaku is likely to have made his final Stamford Bridge appearance, according to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs.
A Boehly-led consortium took the Blues off Roman Abramovich’s hands after completing a £4.25billion takeover in May and among their first duties was overseeing Lukaku’s exit.
What’s the latest news involving Lukaku?
Lukaku has joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan, with the Italian giants agreeing to fork out a fee of up to £10.4million to seal his temporary return.
It means the striker is back at the San Siro less than 12 months after he was sold to Chelsea for a club-record £97.5million.
But, having only notched eight Premier League goals in an underwhelming campaign, the Blues were willing to sanction Lukaku’s exit.
The Belgian also caused friction between himself and head coach Thomas Tuchel by admitting in an Italian interview, via Sky Sports, that he was ‘not happy’ with his lack of game-time shortly before the turn of the year.
Lukaku has since revealed he kept in contact with Inter boss Simone Inzaghi last season and suggested he is ‘coming home’ by rejoining the Serie A outfit.
What has Ben Jacobs said about Lukaku?
Jacobs understands Boehly has ensured a gentleman’s agreement is in place which means Lukaku is unlikely to return to Stamford Bridge despite only being on loan with Inter.
The journalist feels the American deserves plenty of credit for how he has constructed the high-profile deal.
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Jacobs told GIVEMESPORT: “There’s a gentleman’s agreement there, which means there will either be an extension of the loan or some kind of permanent transfer within Inter’s finances.
“Boehly is being proactive and quick when he has only been at the football club for a short period of time, so that’s actually quite impressive.”
Did Lukaku’s exit make sense from Chelsea’s point of view?
Striking a loan agreement has helped Chelsea from a financial standpoint as Inter are covering the entirety of Lukaku’s wages while he is at the San Siro.
The 29-year-old has been on a contract worth £350,000-per-week at Stamford Bridge and it did not make business sense to keep a player on such hefty wages when he is not even a first-team regular.
Lukaku only made 29 starts in all competitions last term, which emphasises that he was not in the forefront of Tuchel’s plans.