According to multiple reports, Chelsea and Inter Milan have agreed a €115m transfer fee for Romelu Lukaku, and the deal is expected to be finalized, signed, sealed, and delivered shortly. Medicals, final dots and crosses, and actual signatures are still to go, but surely are just formalities now.
Here we go, as some might say.
Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea, confirmed and here we go! The agreement is set to be completed after further talks. €115m to Inter and no players included. Paperworks to be signed once details are fixed. #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 7, 2021
Lukaku will sign a long-term contract for €12m + add ons. #Chelsea pic.twitter.com/N47ksuRGpM
Talks in the last couple days zeroed in on the final transfer fee, all cash. Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness) and Sky Sports reported that we put €110m on table, with a player included. Inter wanted €120m, straight cash, but we managed to agree in the middle. Negotiating a €5m discount in a nine-figure deal is not exactly a big win, but it’s something — though there may be some bonuses and add-ons included as well, which might take the final price higher. Either way, it’s a club record and pretty much matches Manchester City’s £100m Premier League-record deal for Jack Grealish.
Chelsea have agreed a deal with Inter Milan to sign Romelu Lukaku. 28yo Belgian striker expected to sign 5yr contract worth ~€12-13m per year. Will return to Stamford Bridge 8yrs after leaving for Everton. With @SJohnsonSport @TheAthleticUK #CFC #Inter https://t.co/ag52OXbZEC— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 7, 2021
Incidentally, it was ten years ago this exact weekend that Lukaku first signed with Chelsea.
Welcome back, Romelu!
This weekend, exactly 10 years ago, a move from an 18-year old Belgian striker was unfolding.— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) August 7, 2021
✔️Anderlecht announcing a deal with Chelsea on Saturday
✔️Romelu Lukaku already wearing a #CFC top on Sunday
✔️Medical on Mondayhttps://t.co/LGM43HqAHP pic.twitter.com/3bEGXbCe8C
P.S.: No Messi for us, obviously. He’s close to finalizing a contract with PSG already!