Chelsea close to signing Lukaku with £97.5m offer

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Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku has completed the first part of his medical ahead of his move to Chelsea

Chelsea are edging closer to sealing a deal that will bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge for £97.5m.

The Belgian international had earlier said he was not interested in joining the Champions League winners.

However, in a recent turn of events, Lukaku has agreed to a club-record move from Inter Milan, adding that he was ready to go if the right offer was made by the blues

Some details are still to be resolved, but provided there are no unexpected problems, the 28-year-old striker will return to the club where he spent three seasons from 2011, although two of those seasons were spent on loan at West Brom and Everton.

A return to Stamford Bridge this summer will come seven years after he left the west London club for Everton on a permanent deal in 2014.

He almost re-joined them again in 2017, but instead opted to sign for Manchester United for an initial £75m.

If Chelsea now pay £97.5m to get him back, that will mean two of the top six fees paid for a player in British football have been for Lukaku.

Lukaku scored 47 goals in 72 Serie A appearances over two seasons at the San Siro, helping Inter to a first league title since 2010 last term.

Chelsea had been heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland earlier in the summer, but the German club ruled out selling the 21-year-old Norwegian this summer.