By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

20th Mar, 2023 | 8:00pm

Sources: Club set to pull the plug on re-signing Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku

Inter Milan are unlikely to re-sign on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, sources have told Football Insider.

It is believed that the 29-year-old’s form has put off Inter and other top European sides and, in turn, opened the door to a possible move to Saudi Arabia this summer.

Saudi officials want to increase the profile of their top league and a move for Lukaku is an attractive proposition for a number of top Pro League sides.

Contrary to reports suggesting Everton or Aston Villa could be a potential destination for the Belgium international, it is understood that his wages are likely to be a stumbling block in any possible Premier League move.

Lukaku earns a reported £325,000-a-week at Chelsea – and the Londoners are subsidising a substantial part of that salary while he is on loan at Inter.

Sources with knowledge of the 29-year-old’s situation have revealed that Blues boss Graham Potter has “no faith” in the striker’s ability to solve the club’s goalscoring problems.

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It is understood that the Stamford Bridge club will instead enter the market for a box-office striker this summer.

Lukaku’s narrow list of potential suitors and advancing years could now mean he is forced to consider a move to the Middle East.

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Saudi club Al Nassr on a blockbuster deal worth a reported £175million per year in December 2022.

Lukaku has scored five goals in 19 appearances for Inter this season – a campaign which has been plagued by poor form and a number of injury problems.

He managed 15 goals in 44 Chelsea appearances last term – but his reported £97.5million return to Stamford Bridge was widely condemned as a failure.

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