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Lukaku Career In Limbo After Juventus Pulled The Plug On Transfer

Romelu Lukaku’s future remains in major question despite the Belgian star’s apologies after holding transfer talks with Italian giant Juventus.

Lukaku spent last season on loan with Inter Milan after falling out of favour at Chelsea, and his future in London remains up in the air despite Thomas Tuchel the manager who allowed him to leave no longer at the club.

Another return to the San Siro appeared to be an option and Inter were keen to spend the bulk of their Andre Onana money to re-sign Lukaku on a permanent basis.

But Juve had also been sniffing around and the 30-year-old held negotiations with the Bianconeri leading Inter chiefs to pull the plug on their move last week.

Now Lukaku is said to have offered an apology to Inter chiefs as he looks to resurrect a deal.

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Lukaku contacted a number of his ex-colleagues to ask for forgiveness.

However, Gazzetta dello Sport reports these words are said to have fallen on deaf ears. And club president Steven Zhang has ruled out a return for the striker.

Lukaku helped Inter win the 2020-21 Serie A title under Antonio Conte, prompting Chelsea to part with £97.5m, but his second spell with the Nerazzurri was blighted by injury.

The former Man Utd star managed less than 2,000 minutes in Serie A last term, although he did manage to find the net 10 times.

He also scored four times in cup competitions, including three in the Champions League but had a torrid time in the final as Simone Inzaghi’s side suffered a painful defeat against Manchester City.

Inter, who finished third in Serie A last season, have strengthened their front line with a move for France forward Marcus Thuram.

With Edin Dzeko leaving for Fenerbahce, though, there could still be space for another addition.

Juve’s situation is more complicated, regardless of certain fans’ issues with the deal.

A lack of Champions League football might not stand in the way of a move for Lukaku, but it has been suggested that they would first need to find a buyer for Dusan Vlahovic if they are to have any hope of bringing the Belgian on board.

Lukaku’s future does not lie at Chelsea, with the New manager essentially rolling him completely.

The Blues have strengthened in attack this summer, bringing in Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson, and also have Armando Broja returning from injury.

“I think it is obvious. I think we can repeat this. It is obvious what is going on with him,” Pochettino told ESPN on the subject of Lukaku, who is not part of his squad for their pre-season games in the United States.

“I think in between the club and the player, they share the same similar ideas and we are working on that to try to fix it and have the best solution for both parties.”

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