Club chief claims player only joined Chelsea to double his salary

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Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta has claimed Romelu Lukaku left the Italian side for Chelsea to double his wages.

Lukaku fired Inter to a first Serie A title in 11 years with 24 goals last season but left the club for Chelsea in August for a club-record £97.5million.

According to reports, Lukaku is Chelsea’s top earner by a mile, earning £450,000 per week including bonuses and dwarfing the club’s next highest earner N’golo Kante, who is on £290,000 per week.

Lukaku was reportedly earning around £142,000 weekly at Inter Milan.

“Lukaku left to double his salary, in Italy these figures can’t exist,” Marotta told Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera via Daily Mail.

Marotta also believes Inter Milan perfectly replaced Lukaku by signing Edin Dzeko, who joined on a free transfer from Roma.

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

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