Romelu Lukaku: Chelsea close to agreeing £97.5m deal to re-sign striker from Inter Milan

Romelu Lukaku left Chelsea in 2014 and earlier in the week instructed Inter Milan to allow him to leave if a suitable offer came in; the Belgium international scored 24 goals as the Nerazzurri won Serie A last season; Lukaku expected to sign a five-year deal with Chelsea

Romelu Lukaku has urged Inter Milan to accept a transfer offer from his former club Chelsea
Image: Romelu Lukaku has urged Inter Milan to accept a transfer offer from his former club Chelsea

Chelsea are close to agreeing a £97.5m (€115m) deal to re-sign striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.

The clubs are working on the final details of the deal, which will see Lukaku join the Blues on a five-year contract.

Inter have previously rejected two offers from Chelsea for the Belgium international, the second of which was worth £85m (€100m) plus left-back Marcos Alonso.

Lukaku, 28, left Chelsea in 2014 after making just 15 appearances there following his arrival at Stamford Bridge from Anderlecht in 2011.

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With reports of a possible return to Chelsea, we take a look at some of Lukaku's best Premier League goals

One of the most prolific strikers in Europe, Lukaku scored 87 goals in 166 games for Everton between 2014 and 2017 and found the net 42 times in 96 appearances during his two years at Manchester United before signing for Inter in 2019.

He scored 24 goals in Serie A last season, helping Inter to their first Scudetto in 11 years as the club put an end to Juventus' nine-year reign as Italian top-flight champions.

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Image: Lukaku scored four goals for Belgium at Euro 2020 as his country reached the quarter-finals

Inter must decrease their wage bill this summer and title-winning manager Antonio Conte left the club in May amid concerns about plans to reduce his budget.

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