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Inter Milan planning to move on from Romelu Lukaku, with Marcus Thuram eyed as replacement

Inter Milan have decided against keeping Romelu Lukaku beyond the summer, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Belgian returned to San Siro for his second stint in a loan deal last summer but has failed to exceed expectations.

Injuries and the lack of form have led to his downfall this season, and the Nerazzurri are ready to part ways with the on-loan Chelsea striker.

Although Lukaku has chipped in with crucial goals against Porto and Benfica in the knockout stage of the Champions League, his overall form leaves a lot to be desired.

His enormous wages of €12 million per season are a stumbling block for Inter, whose financial struggles are well-documented.

Inter have lined up Marcus Thuram and Roberto Firmino as potential replacements if Lukaku leaves this summer.

Thuram has been in outstanding form for Borussia Monchengladbach this season, being the second-highest scorer in Bundesliga.

With the Foals announcing that he will leave at the end of this season, Thuram is one of the most sought-after free agents in the market.

Inter have long been tracking the 2022 World Cup finalist, as they cite him as an ideal signing given their economic crisis.

However, the competition is expected to be tough, with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and several Premier League clubs keeping tabs on him.

Firmino has also joined the list of hottest free agents after confirming his departure from Liverpool this summer.

The Nerazzurri have also opened talks with Italian sensation Mateo Retegui over a summer move, while Lens forward Luis Openda is also on the wishlist of the Italian giants.

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