Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku to hold talks with new owners and agent over his transfer future after first season struggles

ROMELU LUKAKU'S agent will sit down for talks over his client's future with the new Chelsea owners and admitted there have been "problems" this season.

The £97million striker, 29 today, has endured a rough first campaign since heading back to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan.

Links with a stunning transfer return to Serie A are already surfacing – with Inter and AC Milan circling ahead of possible swoops while Barcelona may also be keen.

But with Todd Boehly's £4.25billion consortium expected to complete a takeover of the Blues in the coming weeks, Federico Pastorello is keen to discuss all things Lukaku with the American billionaire.

Asked about the Belgian heading back to Italy, 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.


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"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."

Lukaku dropped a bombshell announcement in an interview in December, revealing he was "not happy" with life at Chelsea.

He has managed just eight Premier League goals this term, ending a drought of ten matches and four months with his double against Wolves.

Another strike to seal a 3-0 win at Leeds in midweek means the ex-Manchester United man may have done enough to start the FA Cup final against Liverpool tomorrow.

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But Pastorello is well aware this season must be seen as a disappointment.

The focus, for now, is winning Chelsea's remaining matches, though.

The agent continued: "For the cost of the transfer, no one could have expected such a situation.

"I do not discuss the tactical choices, but it is obvious that there was a problem.

"The numbers, however, must be considered – he is still the team's best scorer, with less playing time compared to his team-mates.

"The situation must be carefully assessed, now there is Champions League qualification to secure, there is the FA Cup final.

"Romelu is focused on this, we have not talked about anything else."

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