Chelsea have re-signed Belgian ahead Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
The London membership confirmed the return of the 28-year-old strike for a reported membership report payment of £97 million ($135 million) in a press release on Thursday.
“One of the most prolific strikers in European football, Lukaku has returned to the club he supported as a young boy and where he has unfinished business, having been on our books between 2011 and 2014,” the membership stated.
“The Belgian has signed a five-year contract and will add attacking firepower to Thomas Tuchel’s squad of European champions.”
Lukaku scored 64 objectives in two seasons in Italy to shortly develop into a hero on the San Siro.
But the Belgian additionally has a confirmed report within the Premier League, scoring 113 objectives throughout spells with Manchester United, Everton and West Brom.
The solely blot on Lukaku’s profession to this point was his first spell at Chelsea as he failed to attain in 15 appearances.
Signed as an 18-year-old because the obvious inheritor to Didier Drogba, Lukaku shortly grew pissed off at his lack of alternatives within the first group.
Drogba was the hero as Lukaku’s first season as a Chelsea participant ended with them successful the Champions League for the primary time within the membership’s historical past.
But he later said he felt he performed “no part” in that success attributable to his restricted sport time.
“I’m happy and blessed to be back at this wonderful club,” stated Lukaku, who has signed a five-year contract. “It’s been a protracted journey for me: I got here right here as a child who had loads to be taught, now I’m coming again with a variety of expertise and extra mature.
“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.”
Prolific mortgage spells with West Brom after which Everton proved Lukaku’s potential to attain objectives within the Premier League earlier than he made a everlasting transfer to the Toffees in 2014.
After scoring 87 objectives in three seasons with Everton, Chelsea got here calling once more however Lukaku as a substitute joined Manchester United in an inital £75 million transfer.
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‘Ups and downs’
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Seven objectives in his first seven Premier League video games briefly gave United hope of difficult Manchester City for the title in 2017/18, however the wheels shortly got here off Jose Mourinho’s time at Old Trafford.
Lukaku scored twice in United’s well-known comeback to beat Paris Saint-Germain within the final 16 of the Champions League within the early months of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign in cost, however he additionally fell out of favour beneath the Norwegian with questions over his health.
“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,” added Lukaku. “I can’t wait to get started and to help the club achieve more success.”
A transfer to Inter provided a recent begin beneath Antonio Conte, who had been a long-time admirer of Belgium’s all-time main scorer.
Together they ended Juventus’ grip on Italian soccer, romping to Serie A final season by 12 factors.
However, the monetary issues of Inter’s house owners the Suning Group, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, have seen their rise shortly unravel.
Conte left the membership in May, claiming the price reducing required would have prevented him constructing the group he wished to problem domestically and in Europe.
After lifting the Champions League final season, Chelsea are hoping Lukaku is the ultimate piece required to make Thomas Tuchel’s facet Premier League title challengers.
“Lukaku is quite simply one of the world’s best strikers and goalscorers,” stated Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. “We are completely delighted to be bringing him again to the membership he loves, and are excited to be including his expertise to our Champions League-winning squad.
“We are of course looking to build on last season’s success, and Lukaku will play a big role in achieving our targets.”