Romelu Lukaku undergoes medical examination at Chelsea ahead of record-breaking £ 97.5million transfer from Inter Milan | Football news
Romelu Lukaku undergoes the first part of his medical at Chelsea in Italy after the club agreed in principle to a club deal worth £ 97.5million (€ 115million) to re-sign the ‘Inter Milan striker.
The medical exam is taking place in Milan, while the paperwork is now in the hands of the club’s lawyers, and once this is formalized, Lukaku is expected to sign a five-year contract.
Inter have already rejected two offers from Chelsea for the Belgium international, the second of which was worth £ 85million (€ 100million) plus left-back Marcos Alonso.
Lukaku, 28, left Chelsea in 2014 after making just 15 appearances there after arriving at Stamford Bridge from Anderlecht in 2011.
One of Europe’s most prolific strikers, 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 Serie A goals last season, helping Inter win their first Scudetto in 11 years as the club ended Juventus’ nine-year reign as top Italian champions.
Tuchel: Lukaku the profile we are looking for
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel was reluctant to admit a deal for Lukaku was close, but stressed that the number 9 role is an area the club are looking to strengthen after Olivier Giroud left the club to join AC Milan.
“We lost Olivier Giroud who played a crucial role in the club,” said Tuchel Air sports. “He was the kind of profile who likes to play with his back to goal, who likes to hold the ball, who creates space for Werner, Havertz, Pulisic; who is ready to fight physically with defenders.
“This is the kind of profile that we don’t have on our team right now and are looking for. It’s still not the time to talk about names because we haven’t signed anyone yet and we’ll show everything. respect to other clubs.
“Romelu is one of the guys like Haaland in Dortmund, Lewandowski in Bayern, Harry Kane in Tottenham, who is a real number 9 who likes to score and has a presence in the box. It’s no secret. [Tuchel describing Lukaku as a ‘fantastic player’] is easy to repeat for any trainer in the world.
“Corn [his] is the kind of profile that we are looking for and if it is possible to convince the agents and the clubs, we will do our best. “
Tuchel also stressed the need to improve after “big signings” elsewhere in the form of Jack Grealish at Manchester City and Jadon Sancho at Manchester United.
“They are great rookies and we are also trying to improve the squad; at the same time we give all our energy to the guys we have – it’s our goal to improve the squad we have,” Tuchel added. .
Inter fans protest against owners – “Zhang, the time is over”
Inter are set to cut their payrolls this summer and title-winning manager Antonio Conte left the club in May over concerns over plans to cut their budget.
Lukaku were not involved as Inter won 2-0 in a friendly match in Parma on Sunday night – a game which saw protracted protests against the club’s Chinese owners over the planned sale and strategy general cost reduction.
President Steven Zhang was the butt of most of the anger with banners in the game saying “Zhang the time is over” and “Zhang, if you want to save Inter, you must go”.
Chelsea are eager to sign a world-class center-forward during the transfer window and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland is another target the Blues are interested in.
Meanwhile, with Lukaku set to leave San Siro, Inter Milan are in talks to sign Roma striker Edin Dzeko and are offering the Bosnia international a two-year deal.
Inter want to sign two forwards to replace Lukaku and one of their other goals is Atalanta Colombian international Duvan Zapata.
If Atalanta sell Zapata they will try to sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.
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