Chelsea set to complete the signing of Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku for £98m after both clubs reach an agreement
Chelsea are close to finalizing a £97.5 million (€115 million) agreement to re-sign Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.
Both clubs are still working out the final details of the deal, which will see Lukaku sign a five-year contract with the Blues.
Chelsea had submitted two bids for the Belgium international, the second of which was around £85 million (€100 million) plus left-back Marcos Alonso.
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— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 7, 2021
Lukaku will sign a long-term contract for €12m + add ons. 🇧🇪 #Chelsea pic.twitter.com/N47ksuRGpM
Lukaku, 28, left Chelsea in 2014 after only 15 appearances after joining from Anderlecht in 2011.
Lukaku, one of Europe's most prolific attackers, scored 87 goals in 166 games for Everton between 2014 and 2017, then 42 goals in 96 games for Manchester United before joining Inter in 2019.
Last season, he scored 24 goals in Serie A, helping Inter win their first Scudetto in 11 years and ending Juventus' nine-year run as Italian champions.
Inter's wage bill must be reduced this summer, and title-winning manager Antonio Conte left the club in May amid concerns about the club's financial cuts.
Chelsea are keen to sign a world-class striker during the summer season, and Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland is another target for the Blues.
Best Tweets as Chelsea close in on Romelu Lukaku
BREAKING: Chelsea close to agreeing deal to sign Romelu Lukaku for €115m from Inter Milan.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 7, 2021
If we had Lukaku for the Champions League final last season we would have broken the record for the biggest ever CL final victory.— ✈️ (@Arrizabalager) August 7, 2021
Lukaku when Chelsea faces Manchester United and he’s about to take a pen. pic.twitter.com/OamJhU0T6x— Sharyf🦁 (@__Sharyf) August 7, 2021
Chelsea has signed a Low Budget Stormzy. Lukaku is a finished player. pic.twitter.com/bkONmfQjYi— Ghana Yesu (@ghanayesu_) August 7, 2021
€115m Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan to Chelsea deal agreed in principle. Paperwork now with club lawyers. Once that is formalised Lukaku will have medical and sign 5-year contract.— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 7, 2021
Chelsea are about to sign Lukaku, this surely means that Haaland is safe! pic.twitter.com/7qMkoH2iG7— PAPAYE ASA 🖤 (@Papaye_Asa) August 7, 2021
LOOOL, if we sell Tammy to Atalanta for £35M we’ve basically got Lukaku for free 😭🤣 pic.twitter.com/hXKWFGuhIQ— Riper🇸🇪 (@CFCRiper) August 7, 2021
Can't wait to see Lukaku tear up the Premier league 🥰 pic.twitter.com/JQZ3I4gV4W— JIM😎🚀🇬🇭 ⚡️ (@_Curry1) August 7, 2021