Inter Milan and Chelsea have agreed on a club-record fee to bring Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge. According to reports, the Belgium striker will return to Stamford Bridge for a price of £97.5 million and sign a five-year contract worth about 13 million euros per year after tax.
Inter had been hoping for an all-cash transaction and were scheduled to pay a share of the price to United.
Lukaku played at Chelsea from 2011 to 2014, however, he never established himself as a first-choice striker.
He played a season on loan with West Brom before joining Everton. He later went to Everton from Everton.
He received a Serie A winner’s medal in 2020/2021 while playing the greatest football of his career, scoring 24 league goals in 36 league games and 64 goals in total appearances for the club.
Chelsea has been interested in Borussia Dortmund attacker Erling Haaland, but the Norwegian appears to be committed to the German club for at least another season.
As the club’s striker, Lukaku will almost definitely start ahead of Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner, and Kai Havertz’.
Following the departure of Olivier Giroud to AC Milan, Chelsea’s head coach, Thomas Tuchel, identified the need for a player capable of playing as a classic number nine.
Chelsea will play a club-record fee for Lukaku, surpassing the £72 million they previously paid for Kepa Arrizabalaga and Havertz. It is only slightly less than Jack Grealish’s Premier League record £100 million moves from Aston Villa to Manchester City.