Inter Milan believe they are on the verge of agreeing a deal to loan forward Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea.
It is understood that it is now only a matter of time before the transfer is completed and there is no going back for Lukaku at Chelsea.
Lukaku’s lawyer Sebastien Ledure is now negotiating the move on behalf of his client, with Lukaku’s contract with his agent Federico Pastorello expiring on June 30.
Pastorello has not played a role in the negotiations for Lukaku’s return to San Siro.
The two clubs held talks last week about the exact details of the deal.
A source tells Sky sports news There is a €5m gap between the €10m Chelsea want and the €5m Inter want to pay in loan fees.
Chelsea paid Inter £97.5m to sign Lukaku last summer but the Belgian has only scored eight goals in 26 Premier League games.
In December, Lukaku told heaven in Italy He wanted to return to Inter one day. He said: “I really hope from the bottom of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career but at a still good level to hopefully win more.”
It was revealed last week that Inter cannot afford to sign Lukaku – who scored 64 goals in 95 games during his time at the club and helped them win the Serie A title – on a permanent deal.
Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said the club were “in no rush” over Lukaku’s potential return but remain interested in re-signing him this summer.
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Melissa Reddy, Sky Sports News senior reporter:
Chelsea are moving ahead with their summer recruitment plans after completing the club’s £4.25billion consortium takeover led by Todd Boehly.
The Blues have already reached a verbal agreement with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, with the Spanish club preferring a quick deal as they aim to balance their books before June 30.
Talks over a deal for Kounde stalled last year but there is optimism from all quarters that this time it will happen.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe has been shortlisted as a central defender in favor of Thomas Tuchel. Jose Gimenez from Atletico Madrid and Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig are also among the candidates.
Chelsea like Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni but he is expected to end up at Real Madrid. PSV’s Ibrahim Sangare is one of the sought-after alternatives.