Romelu Lukaku set for Chelsea return, and for an eye-watering fee
Romelu Lukaku is set to return to Chelsea for a whopping fee of €115m, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Chelsea are reported to be in the final stages of negotiations with Inter Milan, who are reluctantly agreeing to sell their best player for a fee they can't afford to reject.
It was previously reported that Chelsea had intended to include Marcos Alonso in the deal, but it seems Inter would rather have the money in spite of Antonio Conte's infatuation with Alonso. Probably a good call.
Assuming Lukaku rejoins Chelsea in the coming weeks, he will earn a reported €12 million per year, which translates to €230k per week.
Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea, confirmed and here we go! The agreement is set to be completed after further talks. €115m to Inter and no players included. Paperworks to be signed once details are fixed. 🔵🤝 #CFC
Lukaku will sign a long-term contract for €12m + add ons. 🇧🇪 #Chelsea pic.twitter.com/N47ksuRGpM
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 7, 2021
Chelsea had previously been interested in signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, but who doesn't want Haaland?
Lukaku is a much more attainable target for Chelsea, as they look to build on their Champions League victory and mount a title challenge while their experienced players are still in their prime.
With Tammy Abraham heading for the exit door at Chelsea and Olivier Giroud now at AC Milan, Lukaku would provide them with a complete forward, able to play both with his back to goal and running beyond opposition defences.
Kai Havertz is also an option to play through the middle for Chelsea, but can also play more of a supporting role in one of the inside forward positions in Thomas Tuchel's 3-4-3.