Transfer News: Inter Milan expected to offer new deal for Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea, Atletico Madrid complete Cesar Azpilicueta transfer

London-based club Chelsea is known for its big expenditures; however, despite having spent over £600 million in transfers last season, the Blues only managed a 12th-place finish in the Premier League. The newly appointed manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is permitted to make adjustments to the squad as he sees fit, and it seems like some notable players could be on their way out.

After Mason Mount reportedly agreed a deal with Manchester United, it looks like Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is on the verge of returning to 2022-23 UEFA Champions League finalists Inter Milan, and captain Cesar Azpilicueta has already agreed a deal with LaLiga giants Atletico Madrid. 

Should Chelsea let Romelu Lukaku go to Inter Milan?

The 30-year-old Belgian forward just finished a loan season with Inter Milan. This summer, he is expected to make his way back to Chelsea, but he has no plans to remain at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku has rejected a gigantic bid from Saudi Arabia and is adamant about playing for Inter in the upcoming season, a stance that has won him even more fans with the Serie A club. Chelsea is eager to get rid of Lukaku this summer, but the club has turned down Inter Milan’s loan offer in favor of an outright sale of the striker.

However, Inter’s unstable financial situation has been a major roadblock. The Nerazzurri do not have the financial resources to make a permanent transfer at this time, so they are considering a loan deal that would include a purchase option for Lukaku in the summer of 2019.

All three parties want to see Lukaku play for Inter next season, so a compromise is expected to be reached soon even though Chelsea would prefer a permanent sale now.

Captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s transfer to Atletico Madrid

After reaching an agreement with Atletico Madrid, the Blues are expected to let go of Spanish defender Azpilicueta. Despite signing a two-year contract with Chelsea last summer, the club has no problem approving the 33-year-old’s transfer for a low transfer fee or even for free. 

As reported by the reliable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the deal is expected to be signed next week, and Azpi’s contract will be valid for two years – until June 2025.

A bargain at £7 million, Azpilicueta has made over 500 appearances for Chelsea since joining the club from Marseille in the summer of 2012. He led the team to victory in the Champions League final two years ago in addition to two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, League Cup, Club World Cup, and two Europa Leagues.

After Ruben Loftus-Cheek left the club to join AC Milan, and with Azpilicueta now leaving, how do you think Chelsea’s backline would look next season? Don’t forget to share your opinion in the comments section.

Tanzeem Rahman

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Tanzeem Rahman is a soccer writer and an editor at SportsZion. Tanzeem's love for the sport began by watching and admiring Cristiano Ronaldo in his early Manchester United days. Having graduated from Germany as an Electrical Engineer, Tanzeem has watched multiple high-profile games throughout Europe from the gallery. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as sublime english proficiency has been an asset to SportsKnot. Outside of his duty, Tanzeem is a gamer, and loves to spend time watching Anime and reading Manga.


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