Romelu Lukaku is increasingly likely to leave Inter Milan following the departure of manager Antonio Conte, with Chelsea reportedly interested in re-signing the forward.
Lukaku has enjoyed the best period of his career since signing for Inter in a £73m deal from Manchester United two years ago, becoming the fastest player in the club’s history to score 50 goals in all competitions and starring as the Nerazzurri won a first league title since 2010 this season.
The Belgium international scored 24 league goals and provided a further 11 assists for the Serie A champions, though his future is now in doubt following the shock exit of Conte on Wednesday.
Conte left the club on Wednesday after being informed of Inter’s need to cut costs, with the newly-crowned champions needing to reduce their wage bill by around 20% and raise up to €100m from player sales this summer.
Sky Sports are reporting that Lukaku could be amongst the players sold with the Belgian valued at around £90m, having emerged as one of Europe’s most consistent forwards since making the move to Italy.
Lukaku paid tribute to the outgoing manager via Instagram in which he thanked Conte for the role he has had on his development as a player, with speculation emerging that the 28-year-old could follow the Italian out of the San Siro.
Chelsea have been linked with re-signing a player they initial bought as a teenager in 2011, Lukaku making just 10 goalless appearances for the club in the Premier League, spending time on loan with West Brom and Everton before joining the latter on a permanent basis.
Chelsea are interested in signing a new centre-forward this summer with uncertainty surrounding the futures of Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, whilst Timo Werner has struggled to score consistently since arriving from RB Leipzig.
The Blues have been linked with Harry Kane and Erling Haaland, though Lukaku could represent a cheaper alternative to the Spurs striker, while Borussia Dortmund man is now expected to stay in Germany for another year.