Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane will reportedly switch teams as part of a swap deal that Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are purportedly considering. It did not go as planned for Lukaku to rejoin to Stamford Bridge for £97.5 million, thus, the Belgian international returned to Inter Milan on loan for the 2022-23 campaign.
In a shocking interview with Italian media only a few months after re-signing for Chelsea, Lukaku revealed that he was aching for a return to Inter, and under Thomas Tuchel, he struggled to find his form.
The 29-year-old scored just eight Premier League goals in 26 games, but Inter's precarious financial circumstances prevented the Nerazzurri from re-signing him on a long-term basis.
Lukaku is therefore expected to rejoin Chelsea for the 2023-24 season and is still bound to the West London club till the summer of 2026. However, it appears that the former Manchester United player has no future in the English capital, and Calciomercato reports that Chelsea is considering selling him to Tottenham.
At Inter Milan, Lukaku and Spurs manager Antonio Conte had a successful working relationship. Lukaku's 24 goals helped the Nerazzurri win the Serie A championship in 2020-21.
According to the sources, Graham Potter is a major fan of Kane and would be eager to work out a trade for the two attackers, but Inter are still in the lead for Lukaku.
Lukaku is reportedly under contract with Simone Inzaghi's team at San Siro through the 2023-24 campaign, and he is anticipated to exercise that option. Lukaku is a Belgian international.
Even if Lukaku would be welcomed back to Inter for another season without hesitation and the club is also unlikely to change its mind, the striker must continue to put in strong Serie A performances.
According to a recent source, Lukaku is "unlikely"to play for Chelsea in the upcoming campaign, despite the 29-year-15 old's goals and three assists from 59 games for the club during his two stints there.
The summer of 2021 saw significant talk over Kane's future as the England captain attempted and failed to force a transfer away from the North London club during their trophyless season.
With a price tag of £150 million being floated, Daniel Levy refused to change his stance on Harry Kane, but the 29-year-old overcame a sluggish start to the season to lead Tottenham back into the Champions League.
Kane's deal with Tottenham is set to expire in 2024, but if Conte stays in command, there is new optimism that he may prolong his stay in North London.
Kane has, however, been heavily linked with a prospective move to Bayern Munich, and journalist Florian Plettenburg recently asserted that the Englishman was "tempted" by a trade to Bavaria.
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