01/04/2022; 2:57 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Despite the furore generated by the imminent sale of Chelsea, the club remains focused on their goals. Chelsea have already missed out on one trophy following the Carabao Cup final loss to Liverpool. The club remains undaunted but faces many challenges this season.
The Blues have several players in the final months of their contracts, and while the club struggles to get them to pen new deals, the current club sale has stalled negotiations. Chelsea cannot afford to have an unhappy player in its ranks.
The latest reports suggest that Romelu Lukaku is still not happy with the way his Chelsea career is turning. The Belgian’s status remains unchanged, despite a no holds barred interview earlier in the season, and the Belgian is weighing up the option of leaving the club in the summer.
Why would a club splash big on a player and then relegate him to the bench with the excuse of not fitting the system? At Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel’s Champions League success has blinded everyone from asking the pertinent question of Lukaku.
Many have pointed to Lukaku as not a top striker, but he has scored goals wherever he’s been. Earlier in the season, Lukaku had a no holds barred interview that revealed his unhappiness with his status at Chelsea. The Lukaku interview sparked reports of a potential return to Inter Milan.
The £98 million signing hit the ground running on his return to Chelsea with four goals in four games, but it all seems a thing of the past as Tuchel has relegated him to the bench. With Tuchel preferring a false-nine attacking system, Lukaku has found it challenging to make it into the team.
Since the interview with Sky Italia in December, where he criticised Thomas Tuchel and suggested his interest in returning to Italy, Lukaku is yet to score a league goal. Kai Harvetz, who replaced the Belgian, has flourished in the role.
Things have fallen apart, and the centre can no longer hold. There may be no going back in the situation between Lukaku and Tuchel. According to Calciomercato, the Belgian striker is still unhappy at Chelsea, with Inter Milan exploring the possibility of a return for the former Manchester United striker to Italy.
In 95 appearances for Inter Milan, Lukaku scored 64 goals and helped them win the Scudetto for the first time in a decade. Lukaku was supposed to be the final piece of the puzzle in a Chelsea team looking to win the Premier League.
Inter Milan hold an interest in the 28-year-old striker but remains unconvinced they would be able to make an outright payment for him. Reports suggest that Inter might approach Chelsea with a season-long loan bid.
Should Chelsea agree to the deal, it would allow the West London side Blues to get his £325,000-a-week wages off their books as their search for a permanent buyer continues.