Chelsea may be about to make history with Romelu Lukaku transfer deal

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Chelsea have turned to Romelu Lukaku amid their determination to sign a new striker this summer. The Belgium international has been in fantastic form for Inter Milan over the past two years, enhancing his reputation as one of the best centre-forwards on the planet. And any deal may now see him make Premier League history.

Chelsea have found signing a new striker easier said than done.

They initially wanted to land Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, earmarking the Norway international as a priority target.

But with Borussia Dortmund flatly refusing to sell the 21-year-old, who netted 40 goals across all competitions last time out, they’ve now turned to Lukaku instead.

A decade after they first signed the 28-year-old from Anderlecht, the Blues hierarchy are working on a deal.

And, after having two bids rejected so far, they’re now ready to go in with another offer.

Chelsea may end up having to pay as much as £105million to sign the Inter Milan striker, who fired his side to Scudetto glory last season.

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And that would see him become the most-expensive player in Premier League history, in what would represent a huge statement of intent.

The current priciest recruit is Paul Pogba, who joined Manchester United from Juventus for a fee of £89m back in the summer transfer window of 2016.

Pogba is undoubtedly talented but has struggled for consistency during his time at Old Trafford, blowing hot and cold under both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United then spent £80m on Harry Maguire in 2019, landing the England international from Leicester.

And they sanctioned a £75m deal for Lukaku himself in 2017, when the striker was strutting his stuff for Everton over at Goodison Park.

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Liverpool also spent £75m on Virgil van Dijk a few months later, with the Netherlands international touching down from Southampton.

And next on the list is Jadon Sancho, who has just moved to United from Borussia Dortmund this summer for a total fee of £73m.

Now, Lukaku could be about to blow all previous signings out of the water.

Chelsea are prepared to shatter their own transfer record in order to land the Inter Milan hitman, believing he can be the ticket to Premier League title glory next season.

Yet while they’re confident of agreeing a fee with Inter, they’re also readying a huge financial package for the forward in order to seal a deal.

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Lukaku has stated on numerous occasions that he’s happy at the San Siro.

But with Inter looking to raise funds in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, they could be forced into parting ways with their prized asset.

While Chelsea want to sign Lukaku, ESPN pundit Steve Nicol recently questioned whether the former United and Everton star is the right way for the Blues to go.

“Chelsea are in a position now where if they sign a centre-forward, he has to be a natural finisher. That’s the one thing they’re missing,” he said.

“As many goals as Lukaku has, he’s not a natural finisher. He has been at Chelsea twice before.”

Peter Crouch, though, thinks Lukaku is worth the investment.

He told Paddy Power at Euro 2020: “Romelu Lukaku has to be a target for Premier League clubs, without a doubt.

“Look at the money you’d have to spend to get Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe or even Harry Kane. It would cost a lot less to get Lukaku, yet he’s a banker for Premier League goals.

“He gets better every season and I wouldn’t bet against him winning the Euros Golden Boot now. Belgium are a top side and he’s going to get more goals.

“The obvious English destination is Chelsea, though. He’d fit in there. They’ve got pace, which suits him, willing runners, and they’d have an abundance of ability around him.

“He’s been at Chelsea before and I think he’s got something to prove there. I could see him being a good fit under Thomas Tuchel.”

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