Romelu Lukaku: Chelsea Agree Deal for Belgian Forward

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Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku will soon return to the Premier League with European champions Chelsea. The news has been confirmed by Fabrizio Romano, who has also revealed that the Belgian has already agreed personal terms with the Blues.

The Blues have made two official bids for Lukaku this summer – the second of which was a player-plus-cash deal involving Marcos Alonso – that were rejected by the Serie A champions. A third offer of around €115 million will be accepted in the coming days.

Chelsea Agree Romelu Lukaku Deal

Striker Wanted Premier League Return

The prospect of Lukaku leaving Inter Milan this summer seemed a distant one at the start of the transfer window. The forward was in the form of his career in Serie A, and headed to the European Championships fresh from scoring 24 league goals as Inter ended Juventus’ nine-year reign as domestic champions.

Seemingly happy in his surroundings, Lukaku was not interested in an exit, and revealed that he had already started planning for next season with Inter’s new manager, Simone Inzaghi.

However, interest from Thomas Tuchel’s Champions League winners was enough to alter the situation. After the club’s first two bids were rejected, Lukaku informed Inter of his desire to leave, asking them to accept any suitable offer for his signature.

Inter did not want any current Chelsea players included in a deal for Lukaku, and the London club are now happy to meet the Italian side’s up-front demands of a cash-only transfer.

Chelsea to Sign a Refined Version of Lukaku

If the transfer goes through as expected, Lukaku will return to Stamford Bridge with unfinished business after his first spell as a Chelsea player.

The striker made only 15 appearances for the club from 2011-2014, leaving on a permanent transfer to Everton following a successful loan on Merseyside.

Lukaku left Everton for Manchester United in 2017, but his career as a Red Devil was perceived as underwhelming despite him scoring 42 goals in 96 games.

At Inter Milan, however, Lukaku has elevated his goalscoring ratio even further, finishing his stint in Italy with 64 goals in 95 matches under Inter’s former manager Antonio Conte. Concerns over his touch and hold-up play have evaported, and the striker was named in the official team of the tournement at Euro 2020 after impressing for Belgium.

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