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Former Inter Milan forward Antonio Cassano has slated Romelu Lukaku’s potential return to the San Siro.
The 29-year-old joined Chelsea for a club record £97.5 million but has failed to settle in upon his return to Stamford Bridge.
Inter Milan have been heavily linked with a move for their former star, but Cassano believes that a move for the Belgian would not be smart.
Speaking to Bobo TV, Cassano admitted that he would not be happy with a return to the San Siro for Lukaku.
He said: “I wouldn’t take him back. He said he was going to his dream team, earning 15 million euros. Now, however, in London he doesn’t kick a ball and would like to return to Italy.”
The Italian continued to discuss the reason that he would not bring Lukaku back to Milan in the summer.
“Inter’s problem, given that Dybala is coming, is that if they get Lukaku they have to sell Lautaro. Again, I would not sign Lukaku,” he said.
“Also because first of all you have to pay for him, but then you have to see the reaction of the fans: if he scores two goals per game, okay, but otherwise the situation becomes quite difficult.
“Lukaku has to think about it. At this point, I say he stays at Chelsea.”
Recent reports have stated that a return to the Serie A side is on the cards for Lukaku, with both Chelsea and Inter Milan currently in talks over how a deal can be made possible due to Inter’s financial situation.
It appears that the Italians will have to settle for a loan move for the Belgian as they are unable to afford anywhere near the £97.5 million that Chelsea paid for the forward last summer.
Chelsea’s new owners will grant Tuchel control over the transfer window this summer as the German could choose to cut ties with Lukaku.
The Belgian took to the Italian press in December to conduct a controversial interview, criticising Tuchel’s tactics and stating that he still dreams of a retun to Inter just months after leaving the club.
Tuchel has recently been spotted in Italy, where he ‘joked’ with an Inter fan about Lukaku, as the forward looks set for a summer departure.
Chelsea will most likely enter the market for a replacement, although it is unclear as to who Tuchel will identify as an ideal forward to lead his line in the future.
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