Reports in Italy claim that the Zhang family forced Inter Milan’s directors to sell Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea. They also suggest that Beppe Marotta and Simone Inzaghi are not happy with the development.
Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge is not yet done as Inter rejected Chelsea’s €100m bid plus Marcos Alonso earlier this week.
However, emerging reports now suggest that the Premier League club are now ready to offer €130m, thereby meeting Inter’s valuation of the Belgian striker.
Meanwhile, Lukaku has told the club that he wants to return to Chelsea and they are already in the market for his replacement. Regardless, Inter need to end the summer transfer window with a profit of €80m while the wage bill should be reduced by 20%.
The sale of Achraf Hakimi to PSG for €71m was not enough to balance the books, and according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter’s owners Suning forced the directors to sell Lukaku for €130m as there was no improvement in the plan to cut costs.
The report adds that club directors including Beppe Marotta and coach Simone Inzaghi are not okay with the sale of Lukaku with Il Corriere dello Sport describing Inzaghi as furious.
He had hoped that Hakimi would be the only departure from the club this summer but it appears he won’t get his wish.
The report claims that the action by Suning could make the likes of Marotta, Dario Baccin, and Piero Ausilio decide to leave the club after the summer transfer window considering that their contracts expire in June 2022.
Meanwhile, it could get worse after the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea as Stefan de Vrij is reportedly considering his future at the club.
Therefore, anyone who was at a loss as to why Antonio Conte decided to leave Inter after a successful season should get a hint from these recent developments at Inter Milan. Hopefully, Simone Inzaghi won’t regret his decision to leave Lazio.