Inter CEO Beppe Marotta recently said in an interview with Sportmediaset that their star striker Romelu Lukaku is not up for sale, at least not this summer.
The Belgian goal machine joined the Serie A side in August 2019 and has been in sensational form since them. Due to his undeniable contribution, Inter won the Scudetto this year for the first time since 2009. Romelu Lukaku scored 24 goals in 36 appearances for the Nerazzurri this season to become the second highest goalscorer in the league behind Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.
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A failure at Manchester United, Romelu Lukaku has undergone a complete transformation since having moved to San Siro. He has already scored 64 goals for the Nerazzurri in a short span of less than 2 years.
It is obviously a no-brainer that Inter would like to keep the Belgian at their club at any cost. However, Inter had to suffer a huge financial loss despite winning the league last season, due to the pandemic and they needed to sell some players in order to pay the wages of their players. For that very reason, Romelu Lukaku was highly linked with a move back to his boyhood club Chelsea. Thankfully, now that Inter have accumulated a hefty transfer fee of €60 Million from Achraf Hakimi’s move to PSG and they no longer need to sell Romelu Lukaku.
Speaking to Sportmediaset ahead of a friendly with Pergolettese, Marotta said: “From our side, we can yes absolutely, Lukaku is not for sale. Lukaku is an important piece on the chessboard available to Simone Inzaghi.”
Clubs that are interested to sign Romelu Lukaku
However, Chelsea are still interested in signing Romelu Lukaku. Their primary targets remains to be Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland but they might look onto Lukaku as a potential alternative if they fail to secure the Norwegian’s signatures.
Manchester City have also been rumoured to be interested in Lukaku, with Pep Guardiola’s side only boasting Gabriel Jesus as a natural centre forward in their ranks.