Chelsea resigned to making huge loss on big-money forward
To qualify for next season’s Champions League, Chelsea will almost probably need to win the championship this year. Graham Potter’s team is now tenth in the Premier League standings, six places and 11 points behind fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur.
Even though it is still mathematically possible, it is exceedingly doubtful that Chelsea will finish in the top four this season; therefore, they must win the Champions League to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition next year.
The victor of Real Madrid vs. Chelsea in the quarterfinals will face either Bayern Munich or Manchester City in the semifinals. In the interim, it has become apparent that Chelsea are resigned to incurring a substantial financial loss on one of their players.
According to Football Insider, The Blues are willing to sell Romelu Lukaku despite incurring a significant loss. Lukaku joined Chelsea from Inter Milan for approximately £97.5 million in 2021, but his homecoming to Stamford Bridge did not go as planned.
The Belgium international scored only eight Premier League goals despite scoring 24 goals in the league the previous year to help Inter Milan win the Serie A championship. He was loaned back to the Italian club after a dismal season, although he has struggled with injuries this season. This season, he has made only 19 appearances in all competitions, scoring only five goals.
Even though Chelsea paid a hefty money for the Belgian striker just two years ago, he reportedly does not fit into manager Potter’s plans and will be transferred this summer.
The striker had previously spent time as a youth with Chelsea, although he never scored for the club during that period. After leaving Chelsea Bridge for the first time in 2014, Lukaku played for Everton and Manchester United before transferring to Italy in 2019.
Inter has opted not to extend the player’s loan for a second season, and Everton and Aston Villa’s stated interest is unlikely to materialize.
According to the report, Chelsea may be able to sell the player for less than £30 million, or less than a third of what they paid for him in 2021.
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