Antonio Conte’s departure from Inter Milan today has increased the likelihood Romelu Lukaku will also leave the Italian champions this summer.
Lukaku has been happy at Inter but Conte was one of the main reasons he agreed to move there from Manchester United two years ago and clubs such as Chelsea want to sign him this summer.
Conte left on Wednesday after he was told Inter needed to make a €100m cut to its budget for next season, and the former Chelsea head coach is likely to be replaced by Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi.
Inter signed Lukaku for £74m and he is now valued at between £90m and £100m after scoring 64 times in two seasons.
He has three years left on his Inter contract and is taking a short holiday at the moment before joining up with the Belgium squad for the Euros.
Lukaku and Inter will wait until a new manager is appointed before any decisions are made about his future.
If Lukaku was to sign for Chelsea it would cap a remarkable return to the club who sold him to Everton for £28m seven years ago.