At the start of the summer, in the immediate wake of Antonio Conte’s resignation, it looked like the former Chelsea striker’s future would be in doubt, but that appears to be no longer the case, and he’s set to play a key role for new head coach Simone Inzaghi as they try to defend their Scudetto.
Lukaku did briefly reappear in the Chelsea rumor mill last week, but Inter CEO Beppe Marotta wasted little time and even fewer words in squashing those rumors when speaking to the media ahead of the Nerazzurri’s friendly against Pergolettese yesterday.
“From our side, we can yes absolutely, Lukaku is not for sale. Lukaku is an important piece on the chessboard available to Simone Inzaghi.”
-Beppe Marotta; source: Sportsmediaset via Goal
With a rumored price tag of around €100m, Lukaku had been put forward as a slightly cheaper and perhaps more attainable alternative to Erling Haaland for Chelsea this summer, but that’s looking even less likely than our supposed pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund powerhouse. Alas.