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Chelsea, Inter finalise Lukaku’s loan deal

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

Chelsea have finalised Romelu Lukaku’s deal with Inter Milan with all the paperwork completed according to reports from Italy.

All that is left for the Belgian striker is medical and to agree on personal terms to kickstart a second spell with the Nerazzurri where he gained much prominence to attract a club-record signing from Chelsea last season.

The striker joined Chelsea from Inter Milan last season in a big-money transfer but fell below par to replicate the same form for the Blues in England. The Trumpet Gathered

According to a football encyclopedia, Chelsea’s move made ‘Lukaku the most expensive player of all time with cumulative transfer fees of almost £285 million, surpassing Neymar’s’.

There were high hopes that the 29-year-old Belgian, who was a goal-poacher for the Nerazzurri and second top-scorer in the Italian Serie A last two seasons, would solve Thomas Tuchel’s attacking problems but the reverse was the case.

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Abreast with his lacklustre performance for the Blues, Lukaku insisted on a return to Italy with reports revealing the embattled Chelsea’s striker called Nerazzurri boss Simone Inzaghi on his birthday to appeal for a return to Giuseppe Meazza.

Tuchel was never against the move but advised Chelsea owner Todd Boehly to honour the deal with Inter Milan which he believes is best for all parties.

During negotiations, there was a hitch created by Chelsea’s demand for the Belgian striker which Nerazzurri clearly stated they would not exceed a certain value to sign a player they sold barely a year ago.

According to Sky Italia, Lukaku in December said he was not ready to leave Inter Milan for Chelsea and would rather remain in Italian Serie A than to come to England. This comment caused a lot of uproar in Stamford Bridge.

However, both clubs have come to terms with a report from England claiming that Lukaku, who managed a paltry 8 Premier League goals in 26 appearances for the Blues last season, will finally depart for Italy on Wednesday.

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