Belgian Football International and former Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku has come back to his boyhood club Chelsea FC in a deal estimated to be worth £98million.
Lukaku, who had previously signed for Chelsea FC in 2011, struggled initially at the London based club, spending just one season without scoring any goals before going on loan to West Bromich Albion in 2012, where he re-discovered his scoring instinct, spending two seasons with them, before eventually moving to Everton FC in 2014 for a then club-record fee of £28 million.
His performances for Everton FC caught the attention of Premiership big wigs Manchester United, where he was snapped up in 2017 for £75 million, spending two seasons with them, before once again moving to Italy to sign for Inter Milan in August 2019, for a reported club record fee of €80 million, where he showed his worth, helping them win the Serie A title in the 2020-2021 season for the club’s first time in over a decade, and also becoming the league’s Most Valuable Player in the process.
His move back to Stamford Bridge, was filled with activity as he undertook and passed his medicals in Milan, before being flown to Nice (France), and subsequently Monaco to meet with his agent Federico Pastorello, who then accompanied him to West London to re-sign for Chelsea on an emotional return to Stamford Bridge.
After signing all necessary documents, Chelsea FC officially wrote on their website; “Welcome home, @RomeluLukaku9.”
A lot of attention will also be on Chelsea Manager Thomas Tuchel, as he seeks to bolster his team’s attacking options with his new signing, as they make their Premiership ambitions known for the new season.
Inter Milan are not the only beneficiaries of this good transfer deal, as his previous club of two years Manchester United will also net a cool £3.8 million as part of the contract clause
Chelsea kick off the new season against London rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Here are some basic statistics showing Lukaku’s goal scoring prowess at his last 3 clubs, where his form improved dramatically.
Everton: 87 goals in 166 matches – Manchester United: 42 goals in 96 matches – Inter Milan: 64 goals in 95 matches
This is what he had to say as the latest Chelsea signing: “I’m happy and blessed to be back at this wonderful club, 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 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 way the club is going fits my ambitions perfectly at 28 and just coming off winning Serie A. I think this opportunity comes at the right time and hopefully we can have a lot of success together.”
“Since I left Chelsea, it’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, but these experiences made me strong and the challenge is to try to help the team win some more trophies. I can’t wait to get started and to help the club achieve more success.”
We look forward to seeing Romelu Lukaku repay Chelsea FC, and their die-hard fans will plenty of goals, entertainment and more importantly, silverware.