Romelu Lukaku’s agent has steered his client away from a return to Italy this summer, although he hinted the situation could change once the club’s takeover is complete.
After hitting the ground running after a blockbuster £97.5m move from Inter last year, the striker has largely flattered to cheat since September – with a barren run preceding an injury, Covid fight -19 and a now infamous, ill-advised interview with the Italian media.
90 minutes revealed last month that Chelsea were ready to cut their losses on Lukaku and let him go this summer, with Inter and Paris Saint-Germain expressing interest and Milan also linked. The Nerazzurri still owe a substantial portion of Lukaku’s transfer fee, and therefore the finances to make any deal possible are well within their means.
However, after a sudden return to form with three goals in two Premier League games, Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello insisted a departure was not yet on the cards, taking control of Chelsea is still not complete. The purchase of the club by Todd Boehly should be approved by the end of May.
“Much ado about nothing”, he said The Republic asked about a possible return to San Siro for the Belgian.
“He has the club [Inter] and the fans in his heart, he never hid it, like his love for Anderlecht where he would like to end his career.
“But we cannot think of negotiations. Chelsea are in takeover talks, we don’t know the new owners, let alone if we can open talks with Inter or AC Milan. We have to wait.”
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Pastorello openly admitted his surprise at Lukaku’s struggles since returning to Stamford Bridge last year, despite defending his client’s goalscoring record, adding: “For the cost of the transfer, no one could have expect such a situation.
“I’m not discussing tactical choices, but it’s obvious there was a problem. The numbers, however, have to be considered – he’s still the team’s top scorer, with less playing time compared to his teammates.
“The situation needs to be carefully assessed, now there’s Champions League qualification to secure, there’s the FA Cup final. Romelu is focused on that, we haven’t talked about anything else.
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