Inter Milan agreed to sell Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea for a reported $135 million, a record transfer fee for the European champions. The Belgium striker has returned to the London club where he spent three seasons beginning in 2011, but he was on loan for two of those years before being moved to Everton for 28 million pounds (now $39 million).
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 12, 2021
Lukaku is one of the top attackers in the world, forcing Chelsea to repurchase him for more than three times his original price, making him the Premier League’s second most expensive player. Last week, Manchester City paid Aston Villa £100 million for England midfielder Jack Grealish.
Lukaku added, “I’m thrilled and blessed to be back at this amazing club.” ”It’s been a long road for me: I arrived here as a young boy with a lot to learn, and now I’m returning with more experience and maturity.
“As you know, the bond I have with this club is really important to me. I’ve been a Chelsea fan since I was a youngster, and it’s an incredible feeling to be back and want to help them win more titles.”
Chelsea needed a striker this offseason after Timo Werner was disappointed after arriving from Leipzig.
Lukaku: “I’m happy, blessed to be back at this wonderful club. I have supported Chelsea as a kid. The way the club is going fits my ambitions perfectly and just coming off winning Serie A. This opportunity comes at the right time and we can have a lot of success together” 🔵 #CFC pic.twitter.com/WNa2MFIqyV
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 12, 2021
Chelsea paid nearly $300 million on Werner last summer, the club’s largest offseason buying spree since Russian owner Roman Abramovich took over in 2003, and the club has spent big again to attract Lukaku, who scored 47 goals in 72 appearances in Serie A for Inter in his two seasons in Italy. Last season, Inter won the league for the first time since 2010.
Lukaku moved to Inter from Manchester United in 2019, after failing to settle at Old Trafford after a two-year deal from Everton for 75 million pounds (then $97 million).
Inter has been trying to decrease its pay cost and earn a huge profit in the winter transfer window after taking out a loan from an American investment fund, with its finances adversely damaged by the coronavirus outbreak and an early exit from the Champions League.
Lukaku follows right-back Achraf Hakimi out the door at Inter, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for 60 million euros ($71 million).
Lukaku's Chelsea 0 has got to go 👀 pic.twitter.com/gpZCPyjvzY
— Goal (@goal) August 12, 2021
Lukaku failed to score in 15 matches during his first term at Chelsea, where he came a decade ago with the goal of emulating Didier Drogba’s success. At this point, he will be given a second chance.
“At 28 and fresh off winning Serie A, the way the club is heading matches my aspirations perfectly,” he remarked. “I believe this chance has arrived at the appropriate time, and I am confident that we will have a lot of success together.
“It’s been a long journey since I left Chelsea, with many ups and downs, but these experiences have made me stronger, and the challenge now is to attempt to assist the club win more championships. I’m excited to get started and contribute to the club’s continued success.”