Chelsea are edging closer to £95m deal to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan… but Serie A giants want to secure a new striker before signing off on any deal
- Chelsea are expected to agree a deal to re-sign former forward Romelu Lukaku
- Inter Milan are keen to sign a replacement for Lukaku before sealing the transfer
- Blues boss Thomas Tuchel wanted Lukaku for the Super Cup against Villarreal
Chelsea were inching closer to an agreement with Inter Milan on a deal to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge on Friday night.
The fee is expected to be in the region of £95million, just short of the British transfer record set by Manchester City when they signed Jack Grealish but setting a record for the London club.
However, Inter are keen to secure a replacement before any deal is signed off – which may foil Thomas Tuchel’s hope he might feature in the Super Cup against Villarreal on Wednesday.
Romelu Lukaku (second from left) is training with Inter Milan but on the brink of his departure
The Belgium hotshot is on the brink of a return to former club Chelsea for a fee of around £95m
Inter see Atalanta’s Colombia international Duvan Zapata as a potential replacement for Lukaku — with Atalanta among several clubs interested in Tammy Abraham, who can leave Chelsea for £40m.
However, Inter would prefer straight cash rather than have another player as part of the deal but Chelsea may yet look to offer a different makeweight in their attempt to reach an accord with the Italian champions.
However, Inter are keen to secure a replacement for Lukaku before any deal is signed off
It may foil Thomas Tuchel’s hope that he might feature in the Super Cup against Villarreal
Lukaku first joined Chelsea 10 years ago as an 18-year-old from Anderlecht but was eventually sold to Everton where he established himself as a Premier League force.
Chelsea tried to sign him back only for the player to join Manchester United instead in a £75m transfer.
He scored 27 goals in his first season but the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw a change in style and Lukaku struggled to fit in. He was sold to Inter for £68m with United retaining a four per cent sell-on clause.
Now he is preparing to return to Stamford Bridge and spearhead the European champions’ attack on the Premier League title.
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