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Romelu Lukaku is set for his Inter Milan medical ahead of his Chelsea departure on a season-long loan, according to various reports.
The Belgian appears to be putting his miserable return to Chelsea to an end, at least for the upcoming season, with a return to the San Siro edging closer.
An initial €5 million loan fee for the club-record signing was rejected by Chelsea earlier this month, with the Blues demanding more.
Simone Inzaghi’s side have now proposed a €7 million loan fee, including add-ons, to see Lukaku return to Italy, coming close to the €10 million that Todd Boehly is demanding this summer.
An agreement has been struck between the two clubs, allowing Lukaku to return to Inter, where he netted 30 times on the way to lifting the Serie A previously.
Thomas Tuchel is in agreement with the Chelsea ownership about Lukaku’s future, allowing him to depart after failing to adapt to the German’s system.
Boehly promised Tuchel full control over incomings and outgoings, with the new owners doing everything they can to support their manager with bringing in those respective targets, as well as offloading any players surplus to requirements.
When asked about Lukaku wishing to meet with Boehly at the end of last season, Tuchel said: “I think if he plans to talk with the owner it is not his plan to talk with me!
"It’s fair enough. Let’s see if he gets a meeting! It is his right.
"We will talk to anybody. We will evaluate any situation of any player including Romelu. We will see what is going to happen and what the plans are.
"That’s what it is sometimes in football, the attention is so high that sometimes it attracts situations that you don’t want to have before big matches.
"It’s the way it is. For me it is not a distraction and hopefully for everybody that works on the team and the team itself it is not.”
And now it has been reported by the Evening Standard that, after the terms were agreed between the clubs and Lukaku accepted a pay-cut to depart, the Belgian is set for his medical.
The report states that Lukaku’s medical examinations will take place next week, paving for a move to be completed.
His relationship with Tuchel is said to be ‘soured’, with all parties agreeing that an exit this summer is the right thing to do.
The Blues will look to dip into the market to replace Lukaku, although it is unclear as to whether a traditional striker will be targeted, with Kai Havertz impressing last season.
Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus have been linked with moves to Chelsea.
Robert Lewandowski is also available this summer, but appears to have his heart set on a move to Barcelona as Chelsea enter the market for Lukaku's replacement.