Belgium international Romelu Lukaku officially signed the record £97.5 million ($135 million) deal to return to the Premier League club Chelsea, making him football’s second most expensive player in cumulative transfer fees and the club’s record signing. Lukaku previously played for the Blues from Anderlecht in August 2011 between 2011 and 2014. Follow us for upcoming live soccer.
“I’m happy and blessed to be back at this wonderful club,” Lukaku said in a club statement posted in the club’s official website. “It’s been a long journey for me: I came here as a kid who had a lot to learn, now I’m coming back with a lot of experience and more mature. The way the club is going fits my ambitions perfectly at 28 and just coming off winning Serie A.” Continue reading for football fixtues.
The 28-year-old surpassed the record of £71.6 million ($91 million) fee the club paid to acquire the services of Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao in 2018. It is also believed that Lukaku is now the most-expensive player of all-time, based on combined transfer fees, as over $400 million has been spent on his talents.
During his first spells at Stamford Bridge, the Belgian made only 15 appearances and was on loan at West Brom and Everton. He was then permanently acquired by the Toffees before heading to Manchester United where he scored 42 goals in 96 appearances across two seasons. During his time in the Premier League, he netted a total of 113 goals, putting to 20th place on the list of all-time PL goalscorers.
He then moved to Italy to play for Inter, for whom he netted 47 times in 72 Serie A games, helping them win the title last term. Inter have previously said that the club and Lukaku have rejected Chelsea’s bid for €100 million plus left-back Marcos Alonso. Lukaku himself has also expressed his intentions to stay at the club that “took him away from his Manchester United nightmare.”
With Serie A season set to commence in less than 2 weeks, Inter will have no time to get a replacement for Lukaku following the sealed deal as they have already moved some players on with the main one being full-back Achraf Hakimi to PSG for €70m. Losing Lukaku and Hakimi in the same window would be a blow in their attempt to defend their title for the next season.
Chelsea set to begin the new campaign with a home game against London rivals Crystal Palace. They started strong after clinching the UEFA Super Cup title on penalties against Europa League winners Villareal this week. Head coach Thomas Tuchel now aims to clinch the English Premier League title, which they last won in 2017.
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