Lukaku returning to Chelsea 'to prove people wrong'
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Chelsea could be about to sign another Didier Drogba in the form of Romelu Lukaku, Danny Mills believes. The Inter Milan striker is on the cusp of returning to Stamford Bridge, a decade after he first moved to west London. And Mills has backed him to be the standout acquisition of this summer’s transfer window.
Chelsea had originally intended to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
However, with the Bundesliga giants flatly refusing to let their star man go, the Blues have now settled for Lukaku instead.
The Belgium international is poised to move to Chelsea for a fee close to £100million, making him the costliest signing in the club’s entire history.
And Mills, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-a-side Bet on Man United v Leeds, thinks Lukaku could end up being the signing of the summer if he takes Stamford Bridge by storm.
“If Chelsea get Romelu Lukaku over the line, that could be a gamechanger for the season,” he said.
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“Suddenly you couple up Thomas Tuchel’s expertise and organisation with a striker of Lukaku’s quality, someone who is guaranteed goals, a proven Premier League striker, all of a sudden you’re thinking that could go down as a sensational piece of business.
“Lukaku’s record – even at Manchester United – speaks for itself.
“If you play to his strengths, he’s an absolute unit. He could be Chelsea’s modern-day Didier Drogba when you look at his pace, his strength and his record in front of goal.
“He’s got all the attributes.”
Mills also addressed Harry Kane’s situation, with the Tottenham star eager to leave Spurs behind.
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And he thinks the England international will be concerned by the news that Chelsea are going for Lukaku, at a time where Manchester City are still considered frontrunners.
“It’s a really interesting one for Harry Kane now, because Man City have obviously gone and spent £100m on Jack Grealish,” he said.
“Add Kane to that City side, and who misses out? How many forward options can you have?
“So many world class players are going to struggle to even make the bench at this rate. A couple of names you’d feel have got to move on to balance the books a bit.
“There’s certainly a concern for Kane now that Chelsea look like they’re in advanced stages of the Romelu Lukaku deal, Man United have spent their money for the summer.
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“Where else can Harry go other than Manchester City? I don’t think there’s anywhere else for him, and if Spurs won’t negotiate, there’s every chance he ends up staying where he is.
“And after all of the controversy surrounding his comments before the Euros and not turning up last week, it could all backfire on him.
“Kane’s agent has got it massively wrong on so many levels. This whole gentleman’s agreement is silly; you don’t have a gentleman’s agreement when it comes to multi-million pound businesses. You’re incredibly naive if you think that’s the case.
“Let’s not forget, Kane signed a six-year deal in 2018, which he was very happy to sign at the time.
“He snapped Daniel Levy’s hand off, and there’s still plenty of time to run on that deal, so you can’t blame Tottenham in this situation at all.
“He signed a bumper contract with no release clause, you had no issues about leaving and now all of a sudden you want to go.
“Tottenham are well within their right to say ‘I’m sorry, you can’t go.’
“There’s obviously the risk you end up with a disgruntled, unhappy player.
“And Kane is powerful in that dressing room. He’s got a lot of friends in there.
“If the first few results don’t go well for the manager, all of a sudden Kane starts kicking off, he gets a couple of players on his side and all of a sudden, Nuno Espirito Santo is right up against it.”
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