Lukaku pictured with Chelsea shirt ahead of return to the Premier League.
The return of Romelu Lukaku
Chelsea’s hunt for a goalscoring number 9 has taken them, via repeated efforts to sign Erling Haaland, to former Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian enjoyed a prolific campaign in Italy last season, notching up 24 goals and 10 assists as he helped fire Inter Milan to the title for the first time in a decade.
His exploits alerted Chelsea, who have swooped in amidst Inter’s financial crisis to negotiate a deal for the 28 year old, thought to be in the region of 115 million euros (97 million pounds)
🚨 Romelu Lukaku undergoing medical in Italy ahead of €115m move from Inter Milan to Chelsea. Plans were delayed by #Inter need for replacement (1st choice Dzeko & if so Roma having to fill void – Abraham a candidate) but now on track @TheAthleticUK #CFC https://t.co/9EhyjV3zVn
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 9, 2021
Despite having spent 45 million pounds on Timo Werner last summer, Chelsea are clearly of the opinion that another goalscorer is needed, something that the fact Jorginho finished as their top goalscorer last season can attest to.
In Lukaku, they will be getting one of the best, who has already excelled in the Premier League and now in Serie A.
Pictures surface of Rom holding a Chelsea shirt
The excitement for the transfer was turned up another notch on social media today, as pictures of Lukaku holding the new Chelsea home shirt surfaced on twitter.
Romelu Lukaku holding a #Chelsea shirt after leaving his medical!
[via @eglevicious23] pic.twitter.com/MnbWzmnzhc
— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) August 9, 2021
Amid rumours that the signing could be announced tomorrow (Tuesday), there are some fans that even believe the forward could be in line to play in the super cup tie against Villareal next Wednesday.
Romelu Lukaku’s first spell at Chelsea ended with the striker missing the decisive penalty in the Super Cup.
But he will have the chance to banish that ‘sad memory’ at the start of his second spell with the Blues…as long as the club get a move on. https://t.co/b5lxLU1wM7
— Adam Newson (@AdamNewson) August 9, 2021
It is understood Lukaku will travel to London either this evening or on Tuesday morning— Chelsea and Lukaku hoped that he would be available to take part in the Super Cup. [The Athletic] #CFC https://t.co/rBSRrqUMby
— CFCDaily⭐️⭐️ (@CFCDaily) August 9, 2021
Will Lukaku prove to be a hit in west London second time around?