Chelsea have agreed a reported £97.5million deal with Inter Milan to re-sign their former striker Romelu Lukaku this summer, as the Blues’ long-awaited quest to sign a world-class forward comes to an end.
Lukaku will be returning to the club in which he has unfinished business with, after his stint in west London back in 2011.
A deal has now been agreed between the two clubs, with no Chelsea players going the other way in the deal, despite Marina Granovskaia’s initial request.
The Blues were determined to formalise the switch by Sunday night to ensure Lukaku is ready to start the Premier League season and a compromise has been reached.
Gianluca Di Marzio and Fabrizio Romano have reported that Lukaku will undergo his medicals and fly over to England in the next few days to complete the deal before an announcement is made on the two club’s behalf.
So with the deal all but done for the Serie A winner, how much will Granovskaia be paying in total to Internazionale and the player himself?
The Athletic claim that the ex-Manchester United forward will be signing a five-year contract in west London on terms that will see the 28-year-old earn €12-13m a year net (about £195,000-a-week after-tax). That works out just over £10m a year, which would be £50.7m for the five year contract – taking the total to £148.2m, including the fee.
Chelsea have managed to keep the transfer fee itself under £100m, while Inter Milan will receive the total in cash. Consequently, this means Manchester City’s recent £100m signing of Jack Grealish will remain the most expensive Premier League transfer as we approach the new 2021/22 season.
Additionally to this, it is understood Manchester United are also in line to pocket around €4m from the deal due to a sell-on clause from when Lukaku departed Old Trafford in 2019.
Overall, despite the huge cost of the deal, Thomas Tuchel will be delighted to have acquired the services of the world-class striker.
Earlier in the week, the German was coy when asked about Lukaku.
Speaking after the 2-2 pre-season draw against Tottenham, Tuchel said: “I will not talk about players who don’t play in my squad.
“‘Romelu Lukaku is a fantastic player but he’s a player from Inter and with all due respect, I will not talk about him in this situation.”
On reports Lukaku actively wants to come back to Chelsea, Tuchel replied: “Everybody wants to come!
“Well, not everybody unfortunately but you can imagine that a lot of players want to come and join. But like I said, we don’t comment on that.”
News came out recently that the Chelsea manager had a big role to play in selling his project to the player, who was touted as Didier Drogba’s heir when he joined initially in 2011.
Lukaku played just 15 times for the west Londoners between 2011 and 2014 after being bought from Anderlecht for £18m.