BREAKING: Champions Of Europe, #Chelsea Re-Sign Romelu #Lukaku [PHOTOS]—-The Genius Media Nigeria reports that the Cahamopion of Europe, Chelsea have re-signed Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
THis reliable platform gathered that the London club confirmed the return of the 28-year-old strike for a reported club record fee of £97 million ($135 million) in a statement on Thursday.
“One of the most prolific strikers in European football, Lukaku has returned to the club he supported as a young boy and where he has unfinished business, having been on our books between 2011 and 2014,” the club said.
“The Belgian has signed a five-year contract and will add attacking firepower to Thomas Tuchel’s squad of European champions.”
The deal to bring him back to west London also sees Manchester United – where Lukaku played for two years before heading to Serie A to join Inter – receive £3.8m as a sell-on clause.
The Blues kick their season off with a clash against London rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday, and they’ll hope to have Lukaku available for his second debut.
Chelsea had been keen on Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland – only to find that path blocked on more than one occasion by the German club.
Chelsea originally floated the idea of a player-plus-cash deal with Marcos Alonso and Davide Zappacosta both on the Blues’ trading block.
But cash-strapped Inter wanted the entire fee paid out, rather than get a player as a subsidy, in their bid to arrest their financial crisis.
The coronavirus pandemic has plunged the club into economic downfall, with a £250m investment from Oaktree Capital at the end of May helping to keep the club afloat.
Inter saw boss Antonio Conte resign back in May while star right back Achraf Hakimi was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for £60m.
Tottenham are looking to prey on Inter’s financial vulnerability, too, having agreed a £60m fee for striker Lautaro Martinez last week.
But the deal to send Lukaku to Chelsea could yet throw a spanner in the works for Spurs with Inter aware they cannot strip all of their high value assets in one summer.