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Chelsea agree club record £97.5m deal for Lukaku

Chelsea and Inter Milan have finally reached an agreement over the transfer of Romelu Lukaku, a deal that will see the club break their record transfer fee for a second successive season.

The Belgian striker has emerged as Chelsea’s primary transfer target after admitting defeat in their pursuit of Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund adamant that their star striker is not for sale this summer despite the prospect of losing him for a cut-price €75 million next summer.

 

Lukaku has enjoyed the best period of his career since signing for Inter from Manchester United two seasons ago, scoring 64 goals in just 95 appearances across all competitions.

The forward was named as Serie A’s Most Valuable Player after firing the Nerazzurri to title success last season and whilst he was content at the San Siro, he is keen on a return to Chelsea.

Just this morning Sky Sports reported that the two sides were still €10 million apart in their valuations, with Inter wanting €120m (£102m), while Chelsea were said to be only ‘willing to pay’ €110m (£93.25m).

However, discussions have seemingly continued at pace and the two clubs have agreed to meet in the middle, with a number of sources reporting that a fee of €115m (£97.5m) has now been agreed.

The Athletic say that Lukaku has already agreed personal terms on a five-year deal worth £195,000-a-week, a deal which will see him become the clubs highest earner.

The deal also eclipses the £72 million that the club forked out to sign Kai Havertz last summer to become the second most expensive British transfer in history, just £2.5 million short of the £100m that Man City paid to sign Jack Grealish just two days ago.

Lukaku has of course already had one spell at Chelsea, signing from Anderlecht in a £10 million deal in 2011, making 15 goalless appearances for the club before being sold to Everton in 2014 for £28m.

Read – Five of Chelsea’s best signings from Serie A

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