Chelsea are preparing to relaunch an improved bid for Inter striker Romelu Lukaku, with the English club ready to increase the financial terms of their offer.
This is according to Sky Sport Italia transfer market expert Gianluca Di Marzio, who reported on air on his show that the Blues will soon make an offer worth €130 million ($154m) for the Belgian, who would consider a move.
Chelsea have stepped up their pursuit of the 28-year-old in recent days, with the European champions intent on signing a top-class centre-forward and looking set to miss out on Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
The Nerazzurri have already rejected their first offer of €100 million in cash plus Marcos Alonso, valued at around €15 million, but the English club have not been discouraged, ready to make a significantly larger offer with only a cash amount.
On the player’s end, the Belgian is set to be offered terms for €12 million net per season before add-ons, which is significantly more than he currently earns with Inter.
The striker has previously committed himself to Inter, but if he decides that he is willing to accept the Blues offer the Nerazzurri will not prevent him from leaving provided they feel that the offer from Chelsea meets their valuation, the report continues.
It remains to be seen what Lukaku ultimately decides, with his will likely to be decisive to the outcome of the transfer saga but a desire to win important trophies is a huge factor as SempreInter.com revealed earlier today.
Inter will likely not sell Lukaku should he not want a move, but if he is to say yes to Chelsea then the size of their offer could be enough to convince the Nerazzurri, who are still looking to financially steady themselves.