Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has unveiled the club’s plans to part ways with Romelu Lukaku before the impending closure of the summer transfer window.
The 30-year-old forward has been shrouded in uncertainty about his future with Stamford Bridge, and it appears that he is on the verge of severing ties with the team.
Prior to Chelsea’s forthcoming match against West Ham on Sunday, Pochettino elucidated that both the club and the player have concurred that a fresh beginning would be most advantageous for all parties concerned.
When questioned about the potential reintegration of Lukaku into the Chelsea squad if a transfer fails to materialize, the 51-year-old manager responded, “The optimal solution necessitates the harmonization of both sides, not just one.
“It’s a mutual endeavor. The current circumstances have transpired due to mutual factors. An accord has been reached by both parties.
“Precisely before our affiliation with Chelsea, we were apprised of each player’s circumstances,” Pochettino continued.
“Our squad formation occurred with the information we had at that juncture. The situation remains unaltered, and any pertinent updates will be duly shared.
“Our remit is to concentrate on our team’s performance. Allocations of energy to a scenario that was unambiguous before our arrival at Chelsea are superfluous.”
In accordance with the Evening Standard, Juventus has submitted a bid of £32 million plus an additional £2 million contingent on performance, yet their proposal hinges on the sale of Dusan Vlahovic.
Sources indicate that Al-Hilal has arrived at a £40 million agreement with Chelsea for the Belgian player; however, their deal is poised to unravel following the signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic from Fulham.
In a preceding month, Inter Milan’s Sporting Director Piero Ausilio confirmed the club’s aspirations to secure Lukaku’s services this summer.
Nevertheless, upon learning of the player’s negotiations with Juventus, the Nerazzurri withdrew from the race to acquire him.
Lukaku, whose contract with Stamford Bridge endures until 2026, participated in 25 appearances for Inter in Serie A last season, netting ten goals.
Despite his relatively lackluster performances for Simone Inzaghi’s contingent, speculations persistently linked the Belgian with a return to San Siro by season’s end – a prospect that now seems irrevocably distant.