President Zhang tells Chelsea that they ‘may have to sell’ £100 million powerhouse in summer window

Inter Milan president Steven Zhang has conceded the club may have to sell star striker Romelu Lukaku in the transfer window

Chelsea are interested in signing Lukaku after the Belgian striker netted 30 goals in 44 appearances last season, as Thomas Tuchel knows that he needs to add another striker to the attack in the transfer window.

Lukaku has publicly stated he intends on staying at Inter after talking to incoming manager Simone Inzaghi, but Chelsea will take confidence from Zhang’s admission of Inter’s perilous financial situation while explaining why Conte decided to leave the club.

“From the first moment we took over Inter we thought that [Antonio] Conte would be the best coach for our project,” Zhang told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

“Two years ago we finally managed to bring him to the Nerazzurri.

“I was and remain convinced that Conte is a winning coach: this is the reason that led us to invest so much in him and in the team in the last two years.

“Last summer the pandemic had greatly affected our revenues but we continued with him, focusing on the season convinced that we could win.

“The decision was right, but now the bill brought by the pandemic is such that we cannot fail to review the situation by looking for savings that lead to a future budget balance.

“We must reduce costs and control risks. This obviously also influences the transfer market strategy. Our different views on the situation led to the separation.

“What wasn’t fundamental for him, was for the club, and vice-versa. Conte is a top coach, but as president, I have to think about the solidity of the club.”

Iomie

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