Date: 1st July 2023 at 3:32pm
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Chelsea have been extremely busy so far during the current transfer window. 

The Blues have signed both Christopher Nkunku and and Nicolas Jackson – from RB Leipzig and Villarreal respectively – while several players have also left the club.

N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Kai Havertz, Edouard Mendy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kalidou Koulibaly have all departed Stamford Bridge, with owner Todd Boehly and manager Mauricio Pochettino overhauling the squad ahead of next season.

Now, it appears that the London club are close to an agreement over the future of one of their most expensive players.

According to 90min, Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal with Italian side Inter Milan over the future of striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium international spent last season on loan with the Serie A side and is said to be desperate to stay put with Inter, but talks have so far failed to produce an agreement.

One of the issues preventing a deal so far is Inter’s precarious financial situation, with Chelsea adamant that they will not agree to another loan deal without an obligation-to-buy clause being included.

Lukaku looks likely to remain in Italy

The report claims, though, that talks have been progressing and an agreement is likely to be reached shortly, with both cubs and the player himself intent on reaching a compromise.

Lukaku previously spent time at Stamford Bridge as a youngster and returned to Chelsea in 2021, joining from Inter having spearheaded the Italian side’s Serie A title triumph the previous season.

His return to England didn’t go to plan, though, and he scored just eight Premier League goals before being sent back to Inter on loan.

In total, the Belgian scored 15 goals in 44 matches across all competitions last season.

The Blues spent almost £100 million to sign the 30-year-old two years ago and, although they are aware that his value has dropped significantly, the London side are said to prefer an instant sale.

Lukaku is said to have rejected the chance to follow the likes of Kante, Mendy and Koulibaly to the Saudi Arabian Pro League.

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