Inter Milan are set to open talks with Chelsea over a new deal for Romelu Lukaku, whose current loan spell expires in the summer.
The Belgian striker returned to San Siro last summer on a season-long loan after enduring a disastrous spell at Stamford Bridge.
However, his second stint with Nerazzurri hasn’t panned out the way he would have liked. The 29-year-old has endured an injury-ridden campaign this season, making only nine appearances in all competitions.
Adding to the woes, Lukaku drew the ire of Belgian fans following the group-stage elimination at the Qatar World Cup, especially his nightmare performance against Croatia.
Despite his troubles, Inter are interested in renewing Lukaku’s loan for another season but only at a cut-price fee.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter want to negotiate with the Blues over the transfer fee. The Nerazzurri paid around €8 million plus €3m in add-ons to facilitate the return of Lukaku but now are unwilling to cough up a similar figure.
Inter are said to be in contact with one of Lukaku’s lawyers Sebastien Ledure – who was instrumental in the Belgian’s transfer last summer – in the hopes of getting the deal done.
The former Manchester United star has been getting considerable game time since his return from injury, but his form remains stagnant.
He still has plenty of time this season to find his feet, with Nerazzurri challenging for Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League.
Inter are also working on renewals of a handful of first-team stars, having already sealed a two-year extension for Matteo Darmian.
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