Romelu Lukaku has rejected a move to the Saudi Pro League and is ‘annoyed’ with Chelsea over their refusal to grant him his move.
After his first campaign back at Stamford Bridge following a £97m move from Inter Milan failed to work out, Lukaku returned to Italy on loan having fallen out with Thomas Tuchel.
Lukaku failed to hit the heights he did under Antonio Conte at San Siro, but still played a major role in helping them reach a first Champions League final in 13 years.
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The Belgian star would like to spend another season at Inter but the Blues are not keen on sending the 30-year-old out on loan again.
According to The Telegraph, Lukaku is frustrated with Chelsea’s position, especially with no other major European team showing interest in his services at this stage of the transfer window.
Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, wants to trim his squad ahead of the start of pre-season and Chelsea are keen to resolve the futures of players who are surplus to requirements before the end of the month to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
This means that, N’Golo Kante and Kovacic are on the brink of completing moves to Al Ittihad and Man City respectively.
Chelsea are braced to receive improved offers for Kai Havertz and Mason Mount from Arsenal and Manchester United.
Despite the pressure to sell players. Chelsea are pressing ahead with their summer signings and are confident of completing a move for Moses Caicedo after seeing a £60m bid rebuffed by Brighton.
Chelsea are also set to activate Nicolas Jackson’s Villarreal release clause which is £30million.
Talks with the young forward began last week and personal terms are believed to have been agreed.