Everton have received encouraging signals to pursue the signing of Romelu Lukaku during the upcoming summer transfer window, as his return to Inter Milan seems increasingly unlikely.
The 29-year-old striker has been heavily linked with a move back to the San Siro following the conclusion of his season-long loan.
Lukaku, whose contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire in 2026, made 25 appearances for Inter Milan in Serie A last season, scoring 10 goals.
Although he faced several injuries at the start of the campaign, he quickly regained form and showcased his abilities.
Despite Lukaku’s impressive performances towards the end of the season, Inter Milan is reportedly facing financial constraints.
As a result, they have turned their attention to signing Marcus Thuram on a free transfer instead.
The Telegraph reports that Inter’s bid to secure another loan for Lukaku from Chelsea has been rejected, while other sources have linked him to potential moves to Juventus or even their city rivals, AC Milan, although the likelihood of such a transfer remains uncertain.
According to the report, Lukaku has turned down a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia in order to stay in Italy.
The Telegraph suggests that Inter Milan could afford Lukaku’s signing if they can offload Andre Onana, who has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United.
Further discussions regarding Lukaku’s future are scheduled for this week, as both parties understand the need for a timely resolution.
With limited options remaining, Lukaku has been encouraged to consider a potential return to Everton.
During a segment on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport, Chris Sutton elaborated on why Sean Dyche should consider acquiring the services of Lukaku, who is currently valued at £17 million.
The former Chelsea striker highlighted Everton’s illustrious history and suggested that while the club may have been less appealing in recent years, there might still be better alternatives available for Lukaku elsewhere.