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Chelsea open to €25m Lukaku loan as club eyes Jesus as potential replacement

Chelsea are open to allowing Romelu Lukaku to leave on loan, but are demanding a €25 million (£21m/$27m) fee, GOAL understands.

The Belgian striker hopes to leave Chelsea just one year after his return from Inter in a £98m ($123m) deal.

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Lukaku has not been able to settle into Thomas Tuchel's team, having scored just eight goals in 26 matches in the Premier League.

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What do we know about Lukaku's future?

Chelsea have decided they are open to settling for a loan deal for Lukaku, but will not let him go for free.

The 29-year-old striker would accept a 40 percent wage cut to leave the London team.

Lukaku's lawyer is already investigating the possibility of a move back to Inter.

The attacker impressed in his two seasons with the Serie A team, scoring 64 goals in 95 matches as they secured the Italian league title.

Chelsea target Gabriel Jesus

Chelsea are looking to line up a replacement for Lukaku this summer and have identified Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus as a candidate.

The Blues are already considering making an offer for the 25-year-old Brazil international.

Jesus has been linked with a move away from the Premier League champions in search of first-team football.

Arsenal have been seen as the front-runners to sign the forward, who is valued at £43m ($54m), but Chelsea could swoop in to challenge their London rivals.

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