Chelsea on the brink of signing Inter Milan centre-forward Romelu Lukaku. The London giants are inching closer to completing a big transfer for Belgium international in a deal worth nearly €115m, according to Skysports.
Lukaku, who played for the Blues from 2011 to 2014, is likely to be tied down on a five-year deal which will keep him in London until 2026. Romelu will be earning nearly €230,000 per week, which will effectively make him the highest-paid footballer at Chelsea as a result.
The agreement is nearing completion, and that documentation is still left to be signed. The talks have been mongering over the past week, with talks underway between the Blues and Nerazzurri over the 28-year-old striker.
It is understood that the Italian club were asking for €120m and were adamant about dealing just in cash and have recently rejected the footballer swap proposals. After the London club’s €100m offer was rejected last week by the Nerazzurri, Chelsea upped their bid, and both sides finally agreed on the mighty €115m price tag.
The Belgian striker was inspirational last term, scored 24 goals and registered 11 assists, leading Inter Milan’s to their first Scudetto in eleven years.
Romelu possesses a lot of Premier League experience, having scored 113 goals and assisted further 35 times in only 252 games, which averages 0.58 goal involvement per match.
Lukaku had a testing period at Man United after completing a big-money switch to the Old Trafford from Everton.
However, since he moved to Serie A, Romelu has resurrected his career, and under the tutelage of Antonio Conte, Lukaku transformed himself into one of the elite centre-forwards on the planet.
Although the Blues have won the Champions League trophy, their goal-shy attack has hardly ever been convincing, which was their main issue. Seven clubs scored more than them in the Premier League.
Jorginho was Chelsea’s leading scorer last campaign, with all seven of his goals coming from the penalty spot. Timo Werner has struggled to make an impact since joining from RB Leipzig last summer transfer window, scoring just six league goals in his debut campaign.
The London club’s inability to score more goals can hinder their trophy charge in the upcoming campaign, which is why the Blues need to address the issue by getting a recognized centre-forward known for scoring loads of goals and capable of leading a relatively young frontline.