Lukaku Rejoins Chelsea For A Club Record £97.5m
Chelsea signed striker Romelu Lukaku for a second time on Thursday as the Belgian returned to the Premier League club from Inter Milan, seven years on from his departure.
The 28-year-old has penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge worth a club record £97.5 million, having left the Blues to join Everton for £28m in 2014.
The fee is just short of the British transfer record of £100m paid by Manchester City for Jack Grealish.
“It has 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,” said Lukaku.
“The relationship I have with this club means so much to me, as you know. I have supported Chelsea as a kid and now to be back and try to help them win more titles is an amazing feeling.”
The Belgium international leaves Inter after two successful seasons in Italy, where he scored 24 league goals as the Nerazzurri clinched their first Serie A title in 11 years last season.
The move marks a return to the European champions for Lukaku, who made 15 appearances for the Blues over two seasons either side of a successful loan spell with West Bromwich Albion in 2012-13.
He was then sold to Everton in 2014 following an impressive loan at Goodison Park, having failed to score a single goal in a Chelsea shirt.
Lukaku is the most expensive player ever sold by a Serie A club, having become the third most expensive buy in Italian history when he joined Inter in the summer of 2019 from Manchester United for £74m.