Inter president jets in for talks over future of £105m Chelsea target

Inter Milan’s president Steven Zhang has reportedly flown in to Italy this week to discuss the future of Chelsea’s top summer target Romelu Lukaku.

Zhang has returned to Milan for the first time in six months to explore their summer options, with some of the club’s biggest assets set to be up for sale.

Lukaku could be one of those to head for the exit door. Despite playing a key role in firing his side to a first Serie A title in more than a decade, the club’s Chinese owners Suning are reported to be in serious financial peril.

Inter are determined to keep hold of Belgium international Lukaku but are willing to let him leave if their asking price of £105million is met.

And Zhang has arrived to hold talks this week over the futures of Lukaku and head coach Antonio Conte, according to the Daily Mail.

Chelsea have made Lukaku their top target after accepting defeat in the race for Erling Haaland.

While they are also interested in Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, they feel Lukaku is a more attainable target.

Thomas Tuchel has made it clear to Chelsea chiefs that a top-class centre-forward should be their summer priority.

Lukaku certainly fits that bill. He has banged in 29 goals in all competitions for title-chaasing Inter this season.

Chelsea know Lukaku well. They bought him as a teenager for £18million from Anderlecht in 2011 before selling him to Everton.

They attempted to re-sign the Belgian in 2017 but he opted to join Manchester United for £75m instead.

The club will now have to smash their transfer record this summer if they want to be reunited with the striker.

Lukaku has three years left to run on a contract worth £14million a year.

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