Chelsea today agreed a deal worth a club record €115 million (£97.5 million) to re-sign striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgium international, who was at Stamford Bridge between 2011-14, is expected to sign a five-year contract worth around €12-13 million-a-year net (about £195,000-a-week after tax). It will make him the highest earner at Stamford Bridge.
Talks between the two clubs stepped up on Friday with Chelsea aiming to include fringe players to lower the sum involved, while Inter Milan were hoping to get well in excess of £100 million.
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
Chelsea were determined to get the switch completed by Sunday night to ensure Lukaku is ready to start the Premier League season and a compromise has been reached.
Both sides will be happy with how negotiations have gone. Chelsea have managed to keep the fee under £100 million, while Inter Milan will receive the total in cash.
Lukaku made it clear that he was keen on a move back to Stamford Bridge, where he was between 2011-14, earlier this week.