Chelsea manager, Graham Potter has issued Romelu Lukaku an ultimatum regarding his future at Chelsea as the striker edges closer to an exit. The 29-year-old was heavily linked with a permanent move from Stamford Bridge after falling out of favour under Thomas Tuchel.
Lukaku struggled to acclimatize to the Premier League upon his return, and time under the German soon ran out, which saw him relegated to the sidelines. Due to Inter Milan’s spending restrictions, the Italian giants were not willing to meet the Blues’ asking price to sign the striker outright.
Instead, the Nerazzurri opted for a season-long loan, and Chelsea negotiated a fee to be paid for Lukaku’s services. However, while the Belgium international is set to return to a new head coach at the end of the season following Tuchel’s sacking, he still faces an uncertain future at the club.
According to Calcio Mercato, the west London club does not want to take back a striker who doesn’t fit the profile of what Potter typically demands. However, the report states that Lukaku doesn’t want to return to Cobham training ground upon the end of his loan at Inter.
It’s said that initial contact has been made between Chelsea and the Italian giants regarding a solution to the Belgian stay at the San Siro beyond the agreed season-long loan. Calcio Mercato add that there are two options currently on the table; another loan or a fee in the region of £7million.