Lukaku moved to Chelsea to double his salary – Marotta

Mueez Ajao

– In the second part of his interview with Il Corriere della Sera, Beppe Marotta admits it will take some time to reach an agreement over Marcelo Brozovic’s contract extension and says there isn’t much difference between Edin Dzeko and Romelu Lukaku who joined Chelsea to double his salary.

– Marotta discussed the state of Italian football and the steps to take to get over the economic crisis generated by COVID.

– In the second part of his interview, he focused on the management of the team and the targets of the Nerazzurri this season.

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– While Lautaro Martinez and Nicolò Barella will soon sign a contract extension with the Serie A champions, Marcelo Brozovic is still not close to reaching an agreement with the club.

– The Croatian midfielder sees his contract expire at the end of the season and both Manchester United and Barcelona have been linked with securing his services.

– “Barella and Lautaro will extend their contract with a pay rise, we are close,” Marotta said.

– “Brozovic’s contract is expiring, it will take more time, but I am confident.”

– Edin Dzeko has replaced Romelu Lukaku and the absence of the Belgian striker is not felt at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza as the 35-year-old has scored seven goals in 11 appearances so far.

– “Lukaku was sold for €115m and we bought Dzeko for free. On the pitch, there isn’t much difference,” Marotta claimed.

– “Lukaku left to double his salary, in Italy these figures can’t exist.

– “Today, we can’t make important investments, I wouldn’t be allowed to sign Lukaku for €75m. We need reduced and specific investments.”

– What’s his relationship with Antonio Conte?

– “We didn’t argue. It is a delicate subject, he should be there to discuss it all together,” Marotta claimed.

– “Inzaghi is doing well, he must be given time to know Inter. Perhaps some goals could be avoided. That’s where we need to improve.

– “We are ambitious, it’s still early to make judgements, we are on a par with the others, the target remains to qualify for the Champions League.

– What will happen if the Nerazzurri receive another big-money offer in the future?

– “The player’s desire is always crucial, as a manager I am not worried about selling, but about buying. Right now, there isn’t any club in Italy that can offer a huge salary to a player,” the 64-year-old admitted.

– What has the future in store for him?

– “Let’s wait for Zhang’s return, I think we can continue together. After the experience at Inter, I will look for something outside from clubs. I like politics and sport, I’d like an institutional role.”