FourFourTwo: Milan and Roma’s combined €68m swoop helped Chelsea weaken rivals Inter

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan helped fund Chelsea’s big-money signing of Romelu Lukaku in a move that strengthened the Rossoneri and weakened rivals Inter.

According to FourFourTwo, Lukaku ended up costing Chelsea £97.5m when he joined from Inter last week with Thomas Tuchel finally getting the out-and-out centre-forward he has been chasing all summer. Of course Covid has had a big impact on the amount teams can spend, but the Blues managed to get a deal over the line.

The report adds that the signing of the Belgian also funded by sales as well as Abramovich’s deep pockets, and this is where Milan come into the equation. Lukaku’s price was less than Chelsea recouped for Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi, Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma – who they sold for a combined £100m.

It is well-known now that Milan paid €28m to sign Tomori permanently, and that helped pave the way for Chelsea to accrue a large chunk of liquidity and eventually sign Lukaku. So, as the Rossoneri got stronger they were also simultaneously helping Chelsea to weaken a potential title rival in Inter. Roma’s €40m deal for Tammy Abraham (via The Athletic) was also a big part of it.

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      1. Not really because they are currently in a dire need of cash because they had an Expenditure: €36.00m and an Income: at €197.05m which gives them a profit of €161.05m. Obviously that sounds like they will have a lot of room to buy new expenssive players but that isnt really the case because inter are well in over their heads and has a huge debt of around 600-700 mil euros from what i can recollect, Of that ammount i believe it was in the vicinity of 350 mil euros that has to be paid upfront in two and a half years time unless they actually want to risk the situation that we had with the takeover after li yonghong was forced out of the club. Worst case scenario for inter could also be going bankrupt if this debt isnt sorted out in time.
        My prediction is that the profit they had in this transfer window will mainly go directly to sort out some of their debt.

  1. Technically yes considering inter having Dezku& Correa will never compensate Lukakylu. Sometimes I fantasies if Lukaku was Italy national team main attacker. Just imagine who can stop Italy then? No body

    1. Balotelli had a chance to become Italy’s Lukaku. He could become even better than Romelu considering Mario was fast and had a good shot scoring from distance.
      Sadly he chose another path lol.

  2. You forgot the $1m Mikan spent for Giroud as well as removing Giroud’s wages off Chelsea’s books. Not a huge factor but its an article about Milan dealings with Chelsea which is exactly what it was.

  3. I’m Dejan who posted earlier totally agree. It appears that the moderator only posts what he finds in accordance with his short minded writing. I have previously attempted to post some respectful opinions of mine that differs from Oliver’s but never saw the light. Shame

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