Antonio Rudiger identifies Romelu Lukaku’s key strengths as Chelsea transfer edges closer – Football.London

Antonio Rudiger has given his seal of approval to soon-to-be new Chelsea signing Romelu Lukaku as a transfer to west London edges closer for the Belgian International.

football.london understands that Marina Granovskaia has agreed a £98millon deal to reunite the striker back with the club which he has admitted in the past that he has ‘unfinished business’ with.

Lukaku, 28, underwent the first part of his medical checks in Milan before flying over to Monaco to complete the rest of the standard medical procedures.

An official announcement is still impeding with it being believed that the deal could be announced any time from now to potentially a further 48 hours time.

One thing that is for certain is that the ex-Manchester United striker is unlikely to play any part in the Blues’ Super Cup match on Wednesday night against Europa Leaguer winners Villarreal, with his first bow expected at the weekend against Crystal Palace in Chelsea’s opening Premier League match.

Rudiger, who currently has his own future up in the air at this current moment, is expected to feature in the contest in Belfast as the 28-year-old aims to help supplement his fellow German boss with yet more silverware after the UEFA Champions League successes of last season.

Despite the defender’s best attempts not to give the game away when it comes to not confirming the Lukaku transfer, he revealed a substantial amount of information about his soon-to-be new Chelsea teammate in Tuesday’s press conference ahead of the clash against the La Liga outfit.

“I do not know anything,” Rudiger initially stated.

When questioned further about the striker’s game and what he could bring to the team, the centre-back went on to add: “I think you can see from his body type, he is a beast.

“He is very strong and he showed it in Italy where he did very well.

“Also, in his national team. He’s a goalscorer and a top striker.”

Graeme Souness, despite agreeing with the Chelsea center-half that the Belgian’s strength is an aspect that scares defenders, believes Serie A’s MVP winner of 2020/21 has added more to his game since initially leaving England for Italy.

The former Liverpool player and now TV pundit wrote in The Times: “Romelu Lukaku may still have unfinished business at Chelsea, who sold him to Everton seven years ago. I am an enormous fan of him.

“I used to say he was the center-forward that Premier League centre-halves would least like to play against because of his speed and strength.

“He appears to have a different focus to his game from going to Italy. Whether that is down to losing weight and a different training regime, I do not know, but he appears a more energised player.

“He has won the league in Italy at Inter Milan and everybody is raving about him there, so does he want to come back to England and show people the real Lukaku?”

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