Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku 'wants Serie A move this summer but strict tax laws could scupper dream return'

CHELSEA striker Romelu Lukaku is reportedly keen to quit the club and return to Italy – but tax rules could scupper the move.

The 29-year-old Belgium international was the Blues' top scorer, with 15 goals in all competitions.

But only eight of these came in the Premier League, in 26 games.

After paying Inter Milan £97.5million to bring Lukaku back to England, more was expected.

Now, according to TuttoMercatoWeb, AC Milan and Juventus are sniffing around the forward.

But it is claimed a loan move for Lukaku could be off the table due to Italian tax rules.

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Clubs in Serie A can apply for a 50 per cent tax cut on players' salaries.

But it does not apply to any player returning to Italy after just one season abroad – and the contract must also be for three years or more.

Lukaku is believed to earn around £275,000 at Stamford Bridge, which could potentially rule out any short-term deal to head back to Italy.

The report adds that former club Inter Milan could ready a transfer bid for their former striker.

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But Chelsea would be looking to recoup most if not all the money they shelled out for him, which could kill that idea.

Lukaku recently appeared to take a swipe at his own agent for suggesting he was seeking a move back to Inter Milan.

Federico Pastorello told La Repubblica: "He has the club and the fans in his heart, he has never hidden it, like his love for Anderlecht where he would like to end his career.

"But we cannot think about negotiations.

"Chelsea are in takeover discussions, we do not know the new owners, let alone if we can open talks with Inter or AC Milan. We have to wait."

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But Lukaku took to his social media soon after the quotes surfaced in Italy, seemingly swiping at his own rep.

The striker wrote: "Never ever will I let someone speak for me.

"I kept my mouth shut and focused on helping the team and end the season in the best way possible.

"So if someone is out there trying to say something about me and the club… not in my name."

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In January Lukaku was forced into a grovelling apology to Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and the fans after a bombshell interview he gave in Italy.

In that, the forward said he would '100 per cent still be at Inter' if they'd offered him a new contract.

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