Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has admitted the Italian club is delighted to bring Romelu Lukaku home for a record fee following his move from the Italian club to Chelsea last summer. The Inter boss also revealed that the club hope to finalize the signing of Paulo Dybala.
Romelu Lukaku cemented himself as one of the best attackers in Italian football after signing with Interreported in 2019 for a club record €80m. Under the tutelage of then-coach Antonio Conte, the Belgian forward improved his game dramatically, scoring 64 goals in 95 games for the Nerazzurri.
The Belgium international led the Italian side back to Serie A for the first time since the 2009–10 season. Despite promises to Inter faithful that he will stay at the club, Lukaku left the Serie A side for his second spell Chelsea as the club spent a record £97.5million fee to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
Things didn’t go according to plan for the former Manchester United Forward as he has struggled to adapt to Thomas Tuchel’s demands and his goalscoring tally in England has dwindled. The Belgian is keen to leave Chelsea and return to Inter, with both sides agreeing a loan deal to complete the deal.
Marotta expressed his delight at bringing the Belgian back to Italy and gave an update on the club’s prospects for Paulo Dybala.
“We have to thank the availability of the President and the owners. I hope so[Lukaku deal] can be closed, not in a few hours, but in a few days. We can’t make it official yet: he’s a returnee who has done very well with us and we’re happy to bring him home,” Marotta said at an awards ceremony on Tuesday.
“For Dybala, I do not hide the fact that we met his representatives. We have to do surveys and break new ground, including everything. Now with Dybala, important meetings need to take place to reach a conclusion. To date, we haven’t reached an agreement,” he added.