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Inter Milan have made a new bid for Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku, according to reports in Italy.
The Italians saw an initial €5 million loan fee bid rejected by Chelsea, with Thomas Tuchel’s side seeking a higher fee.
A new offer was anticipated by the Blues after several meetings with Inter regarding a potential loan move for the Belgian.
However, Chelsea will only allow Lukaku to leave if it makes financial sense.
Therefore, the Blues are holding out for an improved bid for the forward, said to have been in the region of €10 million.
Now, Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that Inter have improved their initial offer.
The bid does still not reach Chelsea’s previously reported valuation, as the report states that Inter have raised the offer.
The Serie A side have now proposed a €7 million loan fee, including add-ons, to see Lukaku return to the San Siro.
It is unclear as to whether Chelsea have rejected the offer, with the Blues still holding firm.
The report continues to state that Tuchel’s men want €10 million plus add-ons.
It remains to be seen as to whether negotiations will continue or if the Blues will cut their losses and allow Lukaku to leave for less than they were initially willing to.
Lukaku’s time at the club is edging ever closer to coming to an end, with Inter CEO Beppe Marotta previously revealing that a transfer would not be announced on Monday, ahead of the improved bid.
He said: “Absolutely not. More generally, I say that we have a duty to create a competitive team while respecting sustainability.
“Surveys and negotiations are intertwined, but the football manager must try all avenues without being afraid of not hitting the goal.
“Lukaku is a viable track but there are still some difficulties and we have to evaluate if there are the right conditions to do it."
Boehly remains in charge of negotiating a deal, with Tuchel agreeing that Lukaku should depart in the window.
Lukaku is not the only figure to depart Chelsea as the departure of Bruce Buck as Chairman was revealed alongside Marina Granovskaia’s exit this summer, leaving Boehly in charge of the current negotiations.
Lukaku’s saga looks like it is coming to an end, with Inter willing to improve on their initial offer ahead of what looks to be an increasingly more likely transfer.